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Old 06-02-2010, 11:35 AM   #1
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I will be tearing down my lake cabin and building a year around house. My detached garage power is a service lateral from the house meter with 2-4-2 aluminum. My power company no longer allows meters to be attached to the dwelling and they place a meter socket a minimum of 50' from the structure. My problem is that the garage service lateral cable will not reach the new meter - it will be 20 feet short. I've been looking to see what is available to do a direct bury splice but I haven't found much. GB has a splice but the catalog says it is for copper. Grainger shows an epoxy kit that is used with a splice but it looks like each kit is enough for one splice and the kit is $35.
What else is out there for splicing or will I have to dig up the cable all the way back to the garage and lay new cable? I'm just looking for the easiest way.

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Have you asked them if they will place the meter within reach of the old cable ?

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Splice kits are available for directly buried Al cables. These splices must be done correctly as any migration of moisture will quickly destroy Al conductors

You'll probably need to go to an electrical supply house.
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Thanks for the replies.
An asphalt driveway and septic system are in the way of placing the meter closer.
Isn't Grainger a supply house? They sure have just about everything.
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Thanks for the replies.
An asphalt driveway and septic system are in the way of placing the meter closer.
Isn't Grainger a supply house? They sure have just about everything.
Not if you can't get what you need.
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