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Old 05-28-2009, 05:45 PM   #1
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Upgrading to a 200 amp main service panel


I would like to upgrade my service to 200A panel, but i have a few questions.

Do I have to use the cold water pipe to ground the panel ?
Can I use two ground rods 8 feet apart ? or Is concrete encasd electrode safe enough to be the only grounding means, do I need another electrode?

And if anyone can help me with any information regarding the meter up to the weatherhead. i know i have to buy the meter base, but do i get a new meter from the utility company (use the same one, buy new one)

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8 Feet apart is good has to be 6 feet or more. Meter where I live the homeowner owns.You can pick up at supply or maybe hd not sure on hd .Not sure about bonding the water line I would do it just to be safe.

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Do I have to use the cold water pipe to ground the panel ? YES

EVEN IF YOU USE THE CONTRETE ENCASED ELECTRODE YOU NEED TO USE GROUND RODS ALSO AND 6' MIN is what is required.

YOU REUSE THE METER THAT IS ALREADY THERE. JUST REPLACE THE METER SOCKET ITSELF.
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Meter pan and all other service equipment is purchased and installed by the homeowner or contractor. SOME area POCOs do provide the entrance and meter pan, but not many.

If you have a CCE (concrete encased electrode) NO other supplemental electrode is required to be added. If a metallic water pipe exists and is in contact with the ground for 10' or more then that must also be used as an electrode. The connection to the water pipe must be made within 5' of entering the building.

If the water pipe entering the house is plastic but the household system is metallic then you still have to bond the pipes, but this can be done anywhere at an accessible location.

You/they re-use the meter itself. This is always provided by the POCO.
It is extremely rare that you would be allowed to even touch the meter. DO NOT REMOVE IT yourself! Contact the POC to see what their requirements are.
Typically for a homeowner install they will come and remove it and replace it once you are done and the job is inspected.
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