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Old 03-19-2012, 01:45 PM   #16
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4/0 urd to feed the meter if its 200 feet or less.
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250 urd would help in your situation since you have a long run then you have to go to the cabin with 4 wire after that. You figure 250 feet between their pole and your meter is 250 feet you will probably have 300+ feet when you go up their pole about 10 with conduit and leave 30 feet for them to make their connection and make the connection in your meter.
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I'm sorry, my knowledge of this subject is very limited. We're putting in new permanent electrical service, the elec co will set the poles and place the meter loop on the pole. We have to have everything else ready, from the bottom of the meter loop. We'll be trenching 205 ft where we will be putting a Panel (or disconnect???) I've uploaded a similar picture. Then from there we'll be running a line to the cabin (which doesn't exist yet) and a line to an RV box too. I uploaded the recommended wire specifications. We were told to use the 4/0 triplex but then the elec co said I need Aluminum phase 4/0 and neutral 2/0 (no triplex). This sounds like one single aluminum wire and one neutral wire. I'm confused. I need to hire someone to do this, but haven't been sucessful since it's 3 hours from my home. I want to make sure I get the right wire. Thanks.
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Will they allow your disconnect to be 200 feet from the meter? Are you sure they will install and provide the meter? For underground you will need URD cable.
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I do need to make sure they will. Is the picture I posted a disconnect box, is that the same as a panel with feed through lugs? The one above is about 60 ft from the meter loop. That set up is what most are doing and they are all varying degrees of distance. I'm not sure if ours is the farthest or not. Maybe I'm wrong on the type of box that is too. If that makes a difference. Once we trench and have it ready then the electric co will hook up the power on each end.

Looking at the info I just uploaded they show the disconnect near the meter box at the pole. So I don't know. but all the lots are set up at a distance from the pole.
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This is a diagram showing an underground service install where there is no building yet.
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If you install the meter and disconnect at the pole you will have to run four wire to your cabin. Best way would be to run 3 wire URD to a meter pedestal where the cabin will be built and use a meter main unit like kbsparky posted.
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My husband and I have not met the elec co engineer, our local contact there has done that. I think we need to meet him to make sure we have everything in order. Didn't realize getting electricity would be so complicated. Would glady pay Black River Electric to do the electrical work and we can do the trenching.

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I would suggest meeting at your property with a reputable electrician or electrical contractor and the POCO engineer. I like doing it that way because everyone involved is there and can ask questions and decide the best way to do it. I did an underground electrical service and if the landowner ever gets the easement signed so I can make the final connections I will grab some pictures.
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