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Old 08-17-2013, 04:19 PM   #1
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I have a house built in the 70s that was installed with 125 amp service I called my local Portland General Electric utility and they told me that the wiring would support a 200 amp service to my house. They just told me to get the meter box that has a disconnect built in and to run 3 inch conduit down to the dirt. They would hook it up..

Does anybody have advice on what kind of meter box (part number) I should get? I don't need anything other than a disconnect. I also don't want to put all the breakers here as the actual breaker box is about 30 feet away.

Also how much would it cost if I'm getting a good deal for one of these?

Thanks for any advice!

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Old 08-17-2013, 04:48 PM   #2
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Go to hd or lowes and get a metermain.
Some have just the main breaker, and some have a few breaker spots.
You will have to change the wire going into the panel you have now to upgrade.

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Old 08-17-2013, 10:24 PM   #3
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I have a house built in the 70s that was installed with 125 amp service I called my local Portland General Electric utility and they told me that the wiring would support a 200 amp service to my house. They just told me to get the meter box that has a disconnect built in and to run 3 inch conduit down to the dirt. They would hook it up..

Does anybody have advice on what kind of meter box (part number) I should get? I don't need anything other than a disconnect. I also don't want to put all the breakers here as the actual breaker box is about 30 feet away.

Also how much would it cost if I'm getting a good deal for one of these?

Thanks for any advice!
First your meter box must match whatever specs the POCO deems ..

I am in a area and on the edge of 2 utilities .. they have different specs ...
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First of all check with your POCO to see what type of metermain they will approve for your location the reason why due there are few differnt specifcs they want with it.

Second thing if you going with 200 amp panel it genrally cheaper to buy one with main breaker but .,, get the ground bussbar you may end up get couple depending on numbers of circuits you will use.

Third the conductor between the metermain and panel ( breaker box ) will have to be 4 conductors type like SER or 4 indivual conductors in conduit one of the two will meet this requirement easy.

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Old 08-18-2013, 08:23 AM   #5
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I find it very fishy that your POCO knows what the wiring in your house will handle. I wouldn't take their word for it.
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