I have enjoyed reading some great info on this site and have my own question:
I have a property that currently has no power to it. I have built a 40x60 metal shop and there is an existing house we are gutting and remodeling.
I want to get power to the shop first and then run to the house in about 6 months. The house is about 75 feet from the shop.
The poco is bringing underground to the shop where I have a 320/400 meter http://www.milbankmfg.com/products/C...s/PDF/1797.pdf
. The shop has a 200A main disconnect panel and the house will have also have a 200A main disconnect panel.
Since I am going to delay running power to the house until we get it ready, my thoughts are as follows:
1) I can run only the shop from the meter. When it comes time to hook up the house, I will need the poco to open the meter again and then do the house connect.
2) I could run a main disconnect out of the meter and then do the house connection when ready. This would avoid having the poco have to get into the meter again.
My questions are :
A) Am I ok with not providing a main disconnect (option#1) from the meter to the house? The main panel in the house will be the disconnect but of course the line from the meter to the house will be "unprotected". I have read that there is "no limit" on the run length (given proper wire sizing) between meter and panel on outside runs. I am open to whether this is correct information or not.
A) any other thoughts or gotchas I need to consider?
Thanks for any info.