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Old 03-28-2012, 12:47 PM   #1
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Pedestal to House 80 feet AWG question

An engineer who works for a company that sold me a meter pedestal looked up the required wire thickness to go from a meter pedestal near the road to the house. About 80 feet distance. The house plans call for max 100AMP. I do not envision using more than 60AMPS. He said 2 AWG is too small. He claims that according to the local codes the max they'll let you go with 2 AWG is 30 feet. I will need 1 AWG. Does that sound right? The guy at Home Depot said that 2 AWG is rated for 95 AMPS up to 100 feet. Do the codes differ so much from ratings?


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Old 03-28-2012, 12:51 PM   #2
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We have no way of know your local codes since we don't even know where you are.

The NEC would allow #2 aluminum or #4 copper for the dwelling.


Answers based on the National Electrical Code. Local amendments may apply. Check with your local building officials.
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