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HIHOKC 11-23-2008 10:15 AM

electrical
 
Is there a code requirement foor the location of the outdoor electric meter? I am installing an underground meter duct to be connected to a new service panel. Is there a minimum height for the new service panel?

nap 11-23-2008 10:34 AM

the meter location in most areas is determined by the power company. Most POCO's I have dealt with like it about 5- 5 1/2 feet off the ground. In my area, the POCO even determines where on the house it is installed. They are not jerks about it generally but once in awhile they make a person mount it in an unwanted location.

panel mounting height. max height is 6'7" to top breaker. There is no minimum but just don;t mount it at the floor if there is any possibility of flooding it.

rgsgww 11-23-2008 03:40 PM

Not really...If it doesn't have a disconnect it must be close enough to the first disconnect...no unfused service conductors more than 5ft into a structure...

chris75 11-23-2008 04:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rgsgww (Post 189117)
no unfused service conductors more than 5ft into a structure...

Where did you get that code from? :)

nap 11-23-2008 06:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rgsgww (Post 189117)
Not really...If it doesn't have a disconnect it must be close enough to the first disconnect...no unfused service conductors more than 5ft into a structure...

I'm a callin' ya out.:gunsmilie: (that's the closest I could get to John Wayne with 2 hip holsters)

Please post support of your 5' claim.

actually the code (NEC) states a readily accessible location nearest the point of entrance of the service conductors. You may be under a different code.

EBFD6 11-23-2008 06:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rgsgww (Post 189117)
Not really...If it doesn't have a disconnect it must be close enough to the first disconnect...no unfused service conductors more than 5ft into a structure...

The code does not give a length limit, only says an accessible point nearest the point of entrance. This is a judgement call by the AHJ.

Some want the panel back to back with the meter, some will allow 5', 10' or more depending on the situation.

EBFD6 11-23-2008 06:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by nap (Post 189168)
I'm a callin' ya out.:gunsmilie: (that's the closest I could get to John Wayne with 2 hip holsters)

Please post support of your 5' claim.

actually the code (NEC) states a readily accessible location nearest the point of entrance of the service conductors. You may be under a different code.

How dare you type faster than me and beat me to the punch! :)

rgsgww 11-23-2008 07:25 PM

I just read through the codes...I wasn't surprised that it wasn't there...


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