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Old 12-18-2007, 12:02 PM   #1
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We suffered a terrible ice storm in which the powerline tugged the meter box away from my siding. The power is not currently connected to the box and the power company will not reconnect the power until the box is back in it's proper attached position. Can anyone tell me how this might be done and what tools I might need to reconnect the meter box to the house??
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Old 12-18-2007, 12:17 PM   #2
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Sounds like an excellent job for a licensed electrician.

Not a DIY project.

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Old 12-18-2007, 12:21 PM   #3
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Thanks for that quick reply, unfortunately this ice storm effected half the state, and I can't find an electrician that is available to fix this any sooner than Jan 3rd. Not too exciting to think about spending the Holidays with two babies in the Dark.
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The power is not currently connected to the box and the power company will not reconnect the power until the box is back in it's proper attached position.
Ayuh,........

IF this is so,+ there's NO Power..............

Break the Seal, undo the Band,+ remove the Meter from the box.........
Set the Meter aside til the Power Company needs it to turn you back on......

Now,.......
Screw the Box back onto the wall, or wherever is Was......

Good Luck,........
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Ayuh,........

IF this is so,+ there's NO Power..............

Break the Seal, undo the Band,+ remove the Meter from the box.........
Set the Meter aside til the Power Company needs it to turn you back on......

Now,.......
Screw the Box back onto the wall, or wherever is Was......

Good Luck,........
And what happens when power is applied and the cut wire in the mast shorts to ground. Unless you have the knowlege and test equipment, I would try and wait.
I know that is easy to say when you aren't faced with the problem.
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Contact your local electrical company and get the regulations as to what they want to see on mounting your box. Go to the office with pictures and measurements so they can talk to you quickly.

Check with your local building department for their regulations.

Then, get some Uni-Strut and go to town. It must be attached to solid wood framing, so if it ripped out, you may have some wood work to do first.

Contact your local church and see if they have a reliable handyman they can refer. Still do all of the above if you go this way.

Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.
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These two diagrams below are typical service
entrances for Oklahoma. Local codes vary widely.

Thing is there could also be damage to the service entrance conductors going to your main panel and even damage to the panel. No way can you just mount the meter can back up without making sure you are good from the meter can to the main panel. You also need to check your mast if you have one. Some entrances are just wedged and eye bolted to the house with SEU cable running down from the drip loop to the meter. You must clear all faults and I would think in your case an inspector is going to have to give the ok to restore power.

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It is very rare, at least in my experience with ice storm damage, for there NOT to be damage to the meter base and riser when it is ripped from the house. I would say there is a 99% chance everything will have to be replaced.
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If you are stranded the without power and you options are freezing your ass off and have any mechanical ability/tools You MIGHT be able to pull it off.

#1 Make SURE it is disconected,

#2 See number 1

#3 Take it apart, figure how it was mounted and put it back together. Inspect the condition of the wires anywhere the may have been pinched/scuffed when the service fell.

You will likely need parts though and I understand that they are hard to come by.

Pics would help. It MAY be possible.
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It is very rare, at least in my experience with ice storm damage, for there NOT to be damage to the meter base and riser when it is ripped from the house. I would say there is a 99% chance everything will have to be replaced.

Not really, most times only the weather head is broken, alot of services are SEU on the outside of the house which makes a easy repair, PVC on the other hand usually needs a complete rebuild...
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Not really, most times only the weather head is broken, alot of services are SEU on the outside of the house which makes a easy repair, PVC on the other hand usually needs a complete rebuild...

Let me beg the diffrence here for the SEU cables it will be eaiser repair IMO i dont think so because it not any worst than PVC is because you are overlooking on thing is the SEU strap can actally " cut " into the cables belive me i did see that happend and there are few case i did see the SEU cables actally yanked out of the meter socket.

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