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Old 02-20-2008, 05:11 PM   #1
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I am a realitively new contractor, and as such, trying to save a few bucks. I am building a new house which will have a single 400 amp panel. The house is 170 feet from the transformer / meter base. Power will be supplied underground. I have been told by the utility that a CT meter base will be required and I will have to use atleast 350MCM from the transformer to the meter base, but they will not tell me the size to use to the house. This is located in Washington State.

Can I use 350MCM from the meter to the house?

Also, I want to bury the wire in coduit. What size conduit, at minimum, do I need to use?

Since this is the first time dealing with current transforming meter bases, I am a little lost. Any help would be appreciated.

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Old 02-20-2008, 05:27 PM   #2
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Friend you didnt state what trade you are in...and I mean no offense here
. .and will assume it is a trade other than electrical . . since this will be Washington specific . . .an excellent opportunity to build bridges . .this IS an item you want professional help with . . . .you've rubbed shoulders with some sparky that will help you in just this part

and since you're going to be doing the work yourself . . .never hurts to have a plan to start with . . .spend a few dollars with that Sparkys company to have some bedrock . .get a plan

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So how many of these threads do we need going?

http://www.contractortalk.com/newrep...ote=1&p=382837
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Speedy, why do you care. If you recall, you sent me here... I posted the question here as directed by you. I did not receive any response from either of the other forums and per your instructions I came here.
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i think that people that use people with out insurance are not very wise in the construction field. home owners hire people to work around thier home that are not contractors are cutting the full time contractors throat. how would you like your company to hire temperary help? plus no insurance opens up to legal problems .
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Check your thread on Contractor Talk. There are a few good suggestions there.

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Thanks Inphase, I signed up for instant notification and it did not send me any notices, so I assumed no one had responded.
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I am a realitively new contractor, and as such, trying to save a few bucks.
No offense but I am thinking you might save a few more bucks contracting this out to an electrical contractor sub. 400 amp and CT metering is out near the edge of DIY. In my opinion.
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So how many of these threads do we need going?

http://www.contractortalk.com/newrep...ote=1&p=382837
I think there's one on the Mike Holt forum too.
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Friend you didnt state what trade you are in...and I mean no offense here
. .and will assume it is a trade other than electrical . . since this will be Washington specific . . .an excellent opportunity to build bridges . .this IS an item you want professional help with . . . .you've rubbed shoulders with some sparky that will help you in just this part

and since you're going to be doing the work yourself . . .never hurts to have a plan to start with . . .spend a few dollars with that Sparkys company to have some bedrock . .get a plan

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400 amp and CT metering is out near the edge of DIY. In my opinion.
No offense to the OP but 400 A service with CT cabinet is past the edge of DIY. I understand that you want to save a few bucks, but I'm telling you: It is in your best interest to leave this to the pros.
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Check your thread on Contractor Talk. There are a few good suggestions there.
This was kind of my point Ram. That is why I included the link. I didn't know if the mods at CT would leave it open or not. That's their call.

Yes, you were advised as to the TOS of the other board, but I did not know that there were several other threads going.
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I think there's one on the Mike Holt forum too.
Oh, they love threads like this over there.
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Oh, they love threads like this over there.
Not really. It was shut down rather quickly.
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Not really. It was shut down rather quickly.
Hence my little whistling guy.....

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