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Old 05-03-2007, 02:12 PM   #1
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Service from pole ... to meter on the side of the house....to service panel in the house. Is there a min / max distance requirement between the meter and panel? ... I'd like to move the panel without having to move the meter.

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Old 05-03-2007, 02:37 PM   #2
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The first disconnect has to be within 5 feet of the meter.

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If the SP is (or will be) more than 5 feet from the meter, you have to put a seperate disconnect within the same 5 feet from the meter.

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You could leave the original SP in its original location and add a subpanel.

If the goal is to finish the area where the SP is now, that won't work as you still couldn't cover up the original SP. They make outdoor disconnects to put right under the meter. I'm fairly sure they also make combination meter/disco boxes, which would also serve the purpose.

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The first disconnect has to be within 5 feet of the meter.
That's a determination of the local authority, not a NEC rule. Some allow 5 ft, some 15ft, others 0ft before an outside disconnect is necessary.
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Exactly what HH said. There is NO set distance.
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My meter is 200' away from my my main breaker on the outside of the house. And the panel is another 50 feet away from that, inside the house. So I guess there's a lot of local variation in that rule.
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It has nothing to do with the panel. It has to do with the main disconnect. Most times this is in the main panel. In your case it is already on the outside of your house so the 50' to the panel is meaningless.

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