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Old 06-04-2007, 06:31 PM   #1
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I got a price of $500 to pull the meter box and reinstall while I do the siding on my house. Does that sound about right? I was told it should take about 45 minutes to pull the meter and a few staples and the same to reinstall.
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When I installed a new service panel in the basement. I had PP&L pull the meter but they would not reconnect until I replaced the entrance cable. They installed a new cable from the pole to the meter. i had to install the new cable from the meter to the box. If you need to do that, then there could be some of the cost.

If you check the cost of a complete "new meter hook up" to a new build you might find the cost compareable.
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I don't want to put his name out there. It's a local electrician, $500 for the work and another $35 for the permit.
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I wasn't looking for names. I meant an electrician or the POCO.

IMO $500 is outrageous to do this, provided no other work is involved.
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I just don't understand why the electrician has to come out and pull and re-install the box just because the siding is being done.

In every siding job we have done...we remove the box's attachement fasteners without touching any wiring and then re-attach it ourselves. No big deal.
You must have some other situation involved.
Are there more details to your work that has to be done.....that you may be missing?

(BTW- we don't charge extra for this work, it's included in the siding install price)
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I don't know how you can say this Atlantic. The ONLY way to attach a meter pan is opening it up and screwing through the back.

How do you re-attach them without opening them up(?), exposing UNFUSED live parts.
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Atlantic, the building inspector will not give me a siding permit until there's an electric permit to remove the meter on file. I don't why I need to pull a permit to do siding anyway, but that's my problem.
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Atlantic, the building inspector will not give me a siding permit until there's an electric permit to remove the meter on file. I don't why I need to pull a permit to do siding anyway, but that's my problem.
Said this before: Every town and locality is different. - They must have had alot of problems in Medford in the past with people messing things up on siding all those Triple families in West Medford ....(I know the area well)

Get some other quotes....
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FWIW - I just reviewed an update letter (Memo) on the MA building code regs.

They do now want building permits pulled for siding.
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Thanks Atlantic,
FYI, I'm on the Lawrence Estates side of Medford.
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To follow up,
I found different electrician. It's a couple more bucks, $550, but it includes a new service cable, new conduit up to the weather head, and new meter box.
Sounds more realistic and I'm OK with his price.
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Turn off main breaker in house. Cut off meter tag and open meter can. Pull meter out (so it doesn't get broken) Loosen or remove fasteners holding meter panel to wall. Loosen or remove conduit straps as needed. Install siding. Replace everything and turn main back on in the house. Tell utility co. siding guys must have done it....lol

Or......Buy a siding panel ring and let siding people install that. They have some real nice ones on the market and you can't even tell that the meter can was there first.
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Normally I would do this myself.
The old cable is probably 30 years old and is exposed to sun/weather. It shows a lot of cracks through the insulation with the neutral exposed in some cases, so it's time for that to be replaced anyway.
What's a siding panel ring?
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Turn off main breaker in house. Cut off meter tag and open meter can. Pull meter out (so it doesn't get broken) Loosen or remove fasteners holding meter panel to wall. Loosen or remove conduit straps as needed. Install siding. Replace everything and turn main back on in the house. Tell utility co. siding guys must have done it....lol
Let's just hope the "LOL" meant this post was made in jest.
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