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Old 06-10-2009, 06:17 AM   #16
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Judging from the picture of the basement, you may not have the required 30" of play you need to relocate the panel onto that wall. You may be able to leave the panel where it is now and NOT be forced to install the main disconnecting means on the outside of the house (it needs to be located either on the outside or the closest point of entrance). Relocating the meter shouldn't be a problem but the panel in the basement might be. If I were you I would check with the electrical inspector first before doing anything.
Well I'm not going to relocate the main panel. I'm going to reuse the existing location (new mounting board, but same spot). I just need to relocate the meter because of gas line clearance.

I don't even want to know what kind of pain it would be moving the main panel and having to lengthen wires.

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Old 06-10-2009, 06:43 AM   #17
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I will say is that what you propose will be fine.
No need to move the existing point of attachment or weather head.
SEU or PVC40 will be fine from the WH down into the panel. No conduit is necessary. Some local amendments may override this, such as NYC or LI.

Also, who told you the meter location was illegal? If you asked me I would say that the gas meter was illegal, not the electric meter. I bet the electric meter was there first.

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National Grid representative. I called them looking to get more information on disconnect/reconnect. So they sent someone out while I was at work. After talking with him he said that the meter location does not pass code. It's not the minimum 18" away from the gas service. But after looking at the chart that shows how to measure it.. I believe it is. Maybe that's why they put the elec meter so high off the ground. To get the 18" clearance.

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If it's pre-existing I don't think you have to change it ?
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Old 06-10-2009, 06:54 AM   #20
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Well I'm sure I could try and grandfather the location in.. but there's no plywood mounting board there so once I remove it you shouldn't see any evidence of it ever being there. Not to mention I'm trying to clean up the service wire. I hate how it's run now. Just an eyesore.
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Last house we had very low wires - 1 floor ranch
They had installed a metal pipe to raise the service up
I still worried about a truck taking down my feed

The nighbors house had their feed hidden in a soffit under the gable
It was that way for years, not sure if that meets code tho
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I hear ya. After taking some measurements and plotting out some cad lines I realized I would need a 6ft section of service mast poking through my overhang just to get to the 18ft minimum. That's about 2ft over max length.
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If it were me I would run the whole thing in imc. You could probably get an exhaust shop or something to bend the pipe
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If it were me I would run the whole thing in imc. You could probably get an exhaust shop or something to bend the pipe
I guess I could see that. Would still want to paint it though. Nothing like having a shiny galvanized pipe going most of the way up the rafter on your house.
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I hear ya. After taking some measurements and plotting out some cad lines I realized I would need a 6ft section of service mast poking through my overhang just to get to the 18ft minimum. That's about 2ft over max length.
Ouch..

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I guess I could see that. Would still want to paint it though. Nothing like having a shiny galvanized pipe going most of the way up the rafter on your house.
I'd think that PVC would hold paint better than galvi, but I'm not sure..

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