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Old 11-28-2010, 09:21 AM   #1
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Need to move meter socket


We are in the planning stages of a home addition. Presently, the meter socket is located at the front center of the house with the 200A panel directly behind in an interior closet.
The portion of the house we plan to "bump out" is where the meter is presently located. I wish to relocate the meter socket to a corner of the house which is about 20 feet away and leave the panel in it's present location.
Since I'm used to seeing most panels located just on the other side of walls where the meter sockets are mounted I'm curious if there is a max. distance that the meter & panel can be seperated. I do not wish to relocate my panel if do do not have to. Thanks.

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As long as you have a disconnect main breaker at the meter location, there is no limit to how long the run to the panel is. Without breaker at the meter, the run to the panel must be as short as possible IE, the other side of the wall.

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Thanks. Installing a disconnect on the other side of the wall from the meter socket won't be an issue so this should work.
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Thanks. Installing a disconnect on the other side of the wall from the meter socket won't be an issue so this should work.
By disconnect, you do mean a 200 amp breaker- right?

Personally, I would install it outside with a combination panel & meter socket or a panel immediately below or beside the meter socket. This will give you breaker slots outside for exterior uses and free up space in the main panel.
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