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elementx440 05-09-2007 03:54 PM

replacing mains wire
My mains coming in from the outside seem to have a splice inside the breaker box, like they were just too short and another piece was put on...

I want to fix this. I have no problem doing it, but I imagine I'd have to break the seal on the meter, open it to open the circuit, and just replace the wires?

Should I call the electric company or is this just upto me since it's on my side of the meter?

jproffer 05-09-2007 04:38 PM

You should call the power company to disconnect the power at the drop*, and pull the meter.

* VERY IMPORTANT to have it disconnected at the drop (the wire coming from the transformer that is usually the POCO's responsibility) since you won't want the lines at the top of the meter to be live since you'll be working within 4 inches of them.

elementx440 05-09-2007 04:39 PM

yeah i was thinking of that, when you go feeding big 'ol thick wires through the hole...

do you think this sort of thing requires a permit or carries any fee from the poco? Just to cut the power so I can replace the 10 foot or so run from the meter?

hbsparky 05-09-2007 08:29 PM

don't break the seal, the POCO can charge you for tampering and can actually have you thrown in jail. Another thing, some of those transformers upstream can throw upwards of 20,000 amps your direction if you short one of those lines out, and at that load, it takes less than a blink of an eye to pretty much melt your body.

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