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silvajus 01-29-2012 08:15 PM

Indoor Safety Switch Between Meter and Panel
Hi All, I own a two family house in Easton PA. The house is set up with three separate 100A services. All three panels are currently located in the basement. I do not intend on giving the tenants access to the basement. But at the same time, I don't need to be making trips to the house at all hours because they tripped a breaker. I would like to move each panel servicing the apartments into the apartments and install a safety switch (like this one) in the basement for each. I understand that there are options like a meter main, but I haven't seen any that seem all that secure-able. I would like a bit more control over the switch considering the fact that I might be working on the system and don't need some jerkoff throwing the switch and lighting me up. Would there be any issues with installing a non-fusible safety switch between the pan and panel? Any considerations I should keep in mind? Thank you!

plummen 01-29-2012 08:29 PM

Youll normally be required to install an outdoor disconnect from the meter :)

Jim Port 01-29-2012 08:32 PM

The new apartment panels would now need a 4 wire feeder from the disconnects and have to have all the neutrals isolated from the grounding conductors.

brric 01-29-2012 08:32 PM


Originally Posted by plummen (Post 838596)
Youll normally be required to install an outdoor disconnect from the meter :)

It definitely could NOT be an unfused disconnect, and you will need four conductors to the apartment panels.

Julius793 01-29-2012 08:33 PM

I think the unfused part is also an issue.

silvajus 01-30-2012 07:46 AM

OK. So I still don't like the idea of a breakered meter pan for reasons of safety/security. I understand that the service must be fused at the nearest possible point after entry into the building (please correct me if I'm wrong). Would it be acceptable to install an enclosed main breaker (like this one) or a fused safety switch in place of the current panels and run the 4 wire feeder to the panels (at this point sub-panels) in each of the apartments?


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