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Old 06-15-2011, 05:05 PM   #1
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Service Entrance Wire Question

I purchased a lot in SW Missouri (Cedar Co.)- the meter will be on a pole at the front of the lot. I would like to build to the back, about 600' from the meter. So with that in mind -
  • would like to bury cable to supply house
  • will trench
  • will have 200 AMP Service at meter.
1. Would like to Direct Bury (no conduit)
2. What type/Size of wire should I use to create this run?
3. Will go from meter to a Main box in a pump Shed
4. Understand from reading here - that 4 wires must be used? Not sure how to connect the ground, as it would parallel the Neutral - not sure why that would be required...
5. Is my plan sound for this application? Cannot find appropriate charts to give me acceptable length for this application... thinking I will need a 4/0 setup, but can't confirm. Initial load will be several campers - 30 Amp each - but plan on retirement house in 5 yr.

Any help would be appreciated.!


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Old 06-15-2011, 08:53 PM   #2
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Default's quite heavy. Can you have the power company add a pole (or 2) and move the meter closer to the building site?


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Thanks for replying ! I do not know what chart you looked at or how you got that answer - can you direct me to that information?

About the pole - I can - however - aesthetics say no.
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Old 06-16-2011, 09:42 AM   #4
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You must account for a substantial voltage drop for a run of 600'. The wire size should be increased accordingly. I come up with 2 paralled 600 kcmil per conductor(6 conductors for 240 volt single phase) for a 3% voltage drop.

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if estthetics are issue , electric company with run service underground. but they charge more for that. i also live in central mo. crawford electric is my power comapany & they wanted 5-6 grand fpr underground service.

hope this helps

now youe pain im trying to get power to pond a 1000 ft away without having to look at the poles

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