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Old 05-19-2013, 09:37 PM   #16
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Let's try to bring this post back around a bit. My main question involved adding a deck close to the electric meter on my house. Based on the photo I provided, if I build the deck so that the railing is to the left of the meter, how close am I allowed get to that meter? Currently, my plan puts the railing at 5 inches away.

The weatherhead questions you all have brought up are quite valid. My current plan for the upper level of the deck does bring the distance to the weatherhead right near 10 feet. It's a pretty tight 10 feet, so it might be plus or minus. So let me ask this: if I were to change my plan from a two-level deck to a single level, and make the lower level height from the photo the height of the entire deck, would that be satisfactory for you all, considering it would put me well above the 10 foot requirement?

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house. Based on the photo I provided, if I build the deck so that the railing is to the left of the meter, how close am I allowed get to that meter?

Depends entirely on POCO, some want up to 3 feet on both sides, my local POCO requires 18" from center of meter on each side..
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Let's try to bring this post back around a bit. My main question involved adding a deck close to the electric meter on my house. Based on the photo I provided, if I build the deck so that the railing is to the left of the meter, how close am I allowed get to that meter? Currently, my plan puts the railing at 5 inches away.

The weatherhead questions you all have brought up are quite valid. My current plan for the upper level of the deck does bring the distance to the weatherhead right near 10 feet. It's a pretty tight 10 feet, so it might be plus or minus. So let me ask this: if I were to change my plan from a two-level deck to a single level, and make the lower level height from the photo the height of the entire deck, would that be satisfactory for you all, considering it would put me well above the 10 foot requirement?
Your POCO needs to make the call as electric meters are not even required by NEC code. The POCO needs to work on these meters so they have clearance requirements .
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Old 05-19-2013, 09:46 PM   #19
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Your power company may have required work clearances. Please check with them.
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Thanks, guys. I'll check with them.
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Your POCO needs to make the call as electric meters are not even required by NEC code. The POCO needs to work on these meters so they have clearance requirements .
That is a first. What code cites' this reference?
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I will make it simple check the POCO for the clearance with exsting installment for overhead drops I am pretty sure they will required 18 inches each side so the edge of your deck should be not very close to the meter socket unless you are plan to relocated to somewhere else.

Now if you go underground route I know someone mention that so pay attetion to this one very carefull if you do decided to go underground all by means keep it away from deck much as possible if not you will have to make a scuttle deck or detachable deck so the POCO can get into the meter pedestal and do the repairs if need to be. ( it can be subdeck peice or easy detachable boards without much effort )

For the overhead clearance you will need at least minuim of 10 feet above finshed level which it mean either final grade ground or deck itself.

That part will mention some in the NEC and NESC (POCO codes ) so it will be pretty much clear cut and also check with your building inspector for deck requirment for support ( this part many inspectors are getting strict on them )

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check with your POCO meter issues are their domain. Our POCO requires a minimum of three feet to center of meter base.
USAIR.... There must be more to that then what you wrote


EDIT: Oh.... I'll bet you meant laterally.... and not refering to overhead.... I'm slow sometimes...allways...
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ok ....

we are required to put it in pipe/conduit were it would be accessabe to a person or be able to be physically damaged ... i do not think i was clear about that even though i did mention that it was in pipe ..i would guess RMC ...
doing a lot of row houses that are x-crack houses turned into 300 to $500,000 homes so most all have sidewalks in front and are flown into the building fronts below the roof.
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I suggest option #4. Concrete patio.

Check the meter out in this photo.
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I'm wondering how the height of the meter in the above photo would even pass, with everything I've read and everything that has been mentioned. That would be an option for me, but ultimately I don't think I'd want the meter within the footprint of the deck.
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ok ....

we are required to put it in pipe/conduit were it would be accessabe to a person or be able to be physically damaged ... i do not think i was clear about that even though i did mention that it was in pipe ..i would guess RMC ...
doing a lot of row houses that are x-crack houses turned into 300 to $500,000 homes so most all have sidewalks in front and are flown into the building fronts below the roof.
We're required schedule 80 , and that sleeved as it exits the ground (so someone doesn't concrete it in)

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We're required schedule 80 , and that sleeved as it exits the ground (so someone doesn't concrete it in)

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This is overhead .....
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This is overhead .....
Thought we flipped to trying a underground lateral......OOPS

RMC for a drop here

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