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jseymour186 03-11-2013 06:48 PM

New line from the meter
 
I'm planning on running electricity out to my shed. Since I don't have any open breakers in my box I want to just run a new line off of the meter out to my shed and install a small box there that can power, at most, a small table saw.

My questions are:
Does this sound like the best plan?
What will tying in at the meter entail? Will I need to have the power company shut off the power to the house?

jbfan 03-11-2013 06:50 PM

Unless the meter has lugs for 2 wires, this is not allowed.

stickboy1375 03-11-2013 06:55 PM

You could always install a junction box below the meter and splice the load side of the meter for the house and the separate structure, this has a good advantage because since this is still considered service entrance conductors you will only need 3 conductors to your remote structure.... proper disconnects and grounding electrode systems are required at each structure...


This will require the power company to turn off your power while you perform the work.

Speedy Petey 03-11-2013 07:29 PM

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Originally Posted by jbfan (Post 1134912)
Unless the meter has lugs for 2 wires, this is not allowed.

There is a near 100% chance this is not doable.

mech_gui 03-11-2013 07:52 PM

go pull a permit and see whar they say <grin> talk to the local inspectir about doing this.

darren 03-11-2013 08:00 PM

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Originally Posted by stickboy1375 (Post 1134914)
You could always install a junction box below the meter and splice the load side of the meter for the house and the separate structure, this has a good advantage because since this is still considered service entrance conductors you will only need 3 conductors to your remote structure.... proper disconnects and grounding electrode systems are required at each structure...


This will require the power company to turn off your power while you perform the work.

Sounds like it would be easier to install a small sub panel at the main panel.

stickboy1375 03-11-2013 08:05 PM

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Originally Posted by darren (Post 1134985)
Sounds like it would be easier to install a small sub panel at the main panel.

all depends... I can't see what's involved.

philS 03-12-2013 12:11 AM

J - When you say there're no empty slots in your panel, have you used tandem breakers everywhere you can? If not, that's 1000 times less work and less complicated than messing with the meter. You may also be able to replace a two-slot 240 V breaker with a quad, which will free up two spaces. All depends on the make and model of the existing panel.

Hardway 03-12-2013 12:25 AM

It is done all the time for central air!

stickboy1375 03-12-2013 06:03 AM

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Originally Posted by Hardway (Post 1135224)
It is done all the time for central air!

What is?

AllanJ 03-12-2013 07:56 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by stickboy1375 (Post 1135251)
What is?

Use of double wide quad breakers or single wide double breakers (tandem breakers).

Note that you are limited to so many breaker handles in the box. This number should be stated on the box label and this can limit the number of tandem breakers you can use.

But you can commandeer two slots for a (double wide double) breaker for a 120/240 volt feed to a subpanel and move several circuits from the main panel to the subpanel.

J. V. 03-12-2013 11:01 AM

They do make double lugs for meters, but how you would fit all the wires in the meter can would be an issue? Tapping the service conductors may be your best bet. This should be done by a qualified licensed and insured electrician or contractor.

jseymour186 03-12-2013 10:00 PM

Thanks for the comments. It is apparent that there are some options I may not have thought of. In any case it appears that it is going to be a little more complicated than i was thinking. Thanks again.

Hardway 03-13-2013 02:45 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by stickboy1375 (Post 1135251)
What is?

New line off of the meter!

Hardway 03-13-2013 02:48 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by stickboy1375 (Post 1135251)
What is?

New line off of the meter can!


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