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jamiel 04-22-2008 08:15 AM

confused and scared
Need Help..
My Home Is About 40 Years Old. My Lights Have Been Flickering And My Stove Cuts Off And On At Will. They Or Not On The Same Circiut And The Breaker Is Not Tripping. I Had The Power Company Come Out And Check The Voltage And The Say That I Need To Replace My Meter Base. When I Locked In Meter Base I Noticed That The Ground Wire Had Been Acrhing With One Of The Lugs . Also That Lug Was A Little Loose . What Could Be The Actual Problem

RippySkippy 04-22-2008 08:26 AM


Originally Posted by jamiel (Post 118156)
...What Could Be The Actual Problem?

I'll haven't called your favorite electrician, yet?

jamiel 04-22-2008 08:32 AM

tried thaat but not so sure what to do.

RippySkippy 04-22-2008 08:35 AM

Get a phone book and let your fingers do the walk'n.

Termite 04-22-2008 08:42 AM

You're right to be worried. You definately need to involve an electrician with this one.

jamiel 04-22-2008 09:25 AM

is changing a meter box something that I could do my self and is $1200 what it would cost to get it done

Termite 04-22-2008 09:33 AM

Could you? Yes. Should you? Probably not. You're talking about unfused service voltage there...You screw up, you're dead.

J. V. 04-22-2008 11:01 AM

You could, but you would need the utility to remove the meter, kill the power feeding the meter and then replace it when you are done. Lets see, when can they get back to reinstall the meter? How many days could you go without electricity.
Get someone who can come out and finish up in a couple hours or less.

joed 04-22-2008 12:30 PM

The actual problem is the loose lug. Did the POCO not tighten it when they had it open?
$1200 will get a whole new 100 amp service and breaker panel where I live. It might get you a meter base in California.

Cow 04-22-2008 06:25 PM


Originally Posted by thekctermite (Post 118182)
Could you? Yes. Should you? Probably not. You're talking about unfused service voltage there...You screw up, you're dead.

Do you always change meter bases hot?

jrclen 04-23-2008 06:02 PM

The POCO's in my area will not tighten lugs in a meter socket. If they strip a lug, they own the socket. I would have an electrician look at it and either clean and tighten the connections or replace it depending on what he sees. I have a feeling the POCO saw burned and corroded connections calling for a new socket or new guts in the told can.

Nobody replaces a meter base hot. Do they?

micromind 04-23-2008 06:43 PM

Change a meter base hot? I work ALOT of stuff hot, from control voltage all the way up to linework. Plenty of hot work in 480 volt panels. NO WAY would I even consider changing a meter base hot. I didn't get to be 51 by doing stupid things. lol. Seriously, it's usually very easy to kill the feed to a meter base anyway, so why risk it?


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