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Old 11-14-2010, 07:03 PM   #1
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Electrical meter on road vs. on the house


Could anyone tell me the pros and cons for putting a meter on the road side as opposed to on the house? Contractor thinks it would be better...no hassles from the electric company.
In your opinion, does it make a difference at all?
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I've never seen one near the road, they're usually on the house, at least here. On the post would make it easier for the hydro guy to read it though, and you would not have to worry about that person needing to come on your property.
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The location of the meter will be in accordance with the rules set be the utility. The homeowner may not have a choice.
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Ayuh,... Coming in underground, you never have to worry about trees, 'n wires...
low hanging entrance wires can hinder alot of activities around the yard...

Nope,... I can't think of Any reasons to want a weatherhead, 'n meter On your house....
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Ayuh,... Coming in underground, you never have to worry about trees, 'n wires...
low hanging entrance wires can hinder alot of activities around the yard...

Nope,... I can't think of Any reasons to want a weatherhead, 'n meter On your house....
If you can run underground from a meter at the road, you can run an underground service to a meter on your house.

No riser on the house.
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Yeah if you have the option to go underground, do it. Probably more expensive but worth it.

My line is aerial but not too much in the way, though I do need to get near it when trimming the hedges, have to watch out.
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My cabin had the meters, electric and off peak, directly attached to the side but when I tore it down to build a new house, the utility company placed the new dual pedestal meters about 80 feet away. That is my point of connection and it was my responsibility to trench the USE-2 to the house and connect them to the main and off peak panels.
The utility said it is best for them because they don't have to worry about what is under the surface like septics, drain fields, sprinklers and so on. The dual pedestal is nice. It has a customer accessible disconnect switch. Never have to pull the meter
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In our area, the utility is responsible for maintenance and upkeep of the lines ahead of the meter. Placing the meter at the road minimizes the amount of lines that the utility will repair in the event of a bad piece of wire.

This means that if the line develops a fault, it will be YOUR expense and hassle to get it repaired. Keep that in mind when you install the feeders from the meter to the house. I'd use some conduit in such cases.
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along with that, in my area, the POCO installs the underground feeder from the pole to the meter on the house for a ridiculously reduced price compared to the actual cost. That means, if you have the meter at the road, you would pay a lot more to install it that way that if the POCO ran it clear to your house.
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Thanks to all! Really great comments. I will get in touch with the supplier before deciding what to do.
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