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Old 03-03-2012, 12:19 PM   #1
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I am installing a new underground service to a small house. I am also setting a subpanel in a remote barn. I have two 2-1/2" conduits coming up the stem wall of the house foundation, one for the service and one to the barn. Service conduit will lead up outside wall to surface mounted meter socket box. My 200a house load center will be inside behind the meter socket connected by a bushing. All normal so far I think. I am thinking it would be nice to run the barn conduit to the socket box entering the bottom on the other side from the service conduit. Then the 4 #6 wires to the barn could share the same bushing as the metered service wires into the house load center. I think this can be all done in the area of the socket box that the utility highlights as customer wiring. Other possibility is to pop a second hole through the wall below the box and load center and bring barn wires coduit in through a pair of 90s with access covers.
My first idea seems cleaner. If the bushing between box and center is big enough (how big?), would this be OK per NEC? Should I call my AHJ (or a local electrician? I'm an adventurous mechanical engineer with a copy of the 1999 NEC doing my own wiring (again).

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Trough box under the meter... using Polaris connectors for the several feeds.

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Then the 4 #6 wires to the barn could share the same bushing as the metered service wires into the house load center. I think this can be all done in the area of the socket box that the utility highlights as customer wiring.
You will have the fused barn and unfused service conductors in the same space which is not permitted.

Your second idea sounds much more traditional.

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Thanks TH & Zappa. Makes sense. I'll go with plan B.
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