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Old 02-18-2012, 07:46 PM   #1
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Meter Surge Protection Unit??


Hello,
Has anyone ever used or installed the whole home meter surge type protection units, such as Leviton?

Would there be any concern with buying one that has been in storage for a few years?

Also, how can I confirm whether my meter is a ringless or a ring type? It is a Landis & GYR type 3 SOCO meter box but I cannot find a specific model number?

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Check with your POCO to see if you're allowed to use one of these. Here in northern California, PG&E states they'll rip any of those off if they find them. The POCO's documents would also indicate whether they want a ring or ringless socket.

Finally for ring sockets, I believe you should see a metal right going around the meter which then has a little POCO "tamper proof" clip holding it together. At least that's what we have here.

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Check with your POCO to see if you're allowed to use one of these. Here in northern California, PG&E states they'll rip any of those off if they find them. The POCO's documents would also indicate whether they want a ring or ringless socket.

Finally for ring sockets, I believe you should see a metal right going around the meter which then has a little POCO "tamper proof" clip holding it together. At least that's what we have here.
Thanks a_lost_shadow!

I checked with my POCO last week to see if they offered those surge units, which they no longer do, but didn't think to ask if I could install one myself.

I hadn't really been considering those until I came across one being sold for cheap. An older gentleman bought one a few years ago but never installed, so he has chosen just to sell it.

Can you explain the ringless vs ring type? I assume in case of the ringless, the unit just slides into the meter slot(plus neutral hookup), then the meter slides into the Leviton. Whereas the ring type will use a ring to secure those units together? In case of the later, do I need two rings? One to secure the Leviton and one to secure the meter to the Leviton?

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