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macp123 04-06-2012 02:10 AM

400 Amp Meter Socket Upgrade, Can I Re-use Existing Metered Panel?
 
I am doing a service upgrade from 200 Amp to a 400 Amp service. The existing service is an all in one 200 Amp metered service panel. The plan is to install a new 320/400 Amp socket meter and install a second 200 Amp panel.

My question is, am I able to remove the meter from the existing 200 Amp panel and still use it with the new service by placing a meter cover socket blank on the meter socket? If I am able to re-use the existing panel is there anything else I should be aware of?

Thanks in advance.

Mark

kbsparky 04-06-2012 02:47 AM

Most CSED boxes can NOT be used as a sub-panel, since the neutral is permanently bonded to the can.

You may have to change it to a regular load center, or install a separate isolated neutral bar assembly.....

macp123 04-06-2012 07:57 AM

When you say I may have to change it to a regular load center, what exactly do you mean? How would someone go about doing it code wise?

shockme123 04-06-2012 09:08 AM

up-grade service
 
no- not unless panel is rated for 400 amps ? :eek:

k_buz 04-06-2012 09:16 AM

Why would the panel need to be rated for 400A? It would be protected by its own OCPD.

kbsparky 04-06-2012 12:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by macp123 (Post 892889)
When you say I may have to change it to a regular load center, what exactly do you mean? How would someone go about doing it code wise?

THis means you remove the existing meter/panel combo, throw it away, and then install a new regular panel in its place .... :whistling2:

Speedy Petey 04-06-2012 02:04 PM

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