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Old 02-05-2009, 06:35 PM   #1
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replacing siding behind meter


I need to replace the siding behind my electric meter. The conduit doesn't go through the piece I want to remove. The meter just has 4 screws attached to it. I feel comfortable with electricity, but I'm guessing I will have to call my utility company. Is this something a person can do without contacting the utility company? How much do they charge for this type of thing?
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Old 02-05-2009, 07:01 PM   #2
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I had my service buried, at that time I had them mount the meter on plywood even with the side of the case painted white. I can now side up to the meter without a disconnect

I was having a sub-panel I ran to my pool cabana inspected
The electrical inspector noticed that I would be residing & commented that I would need to pull an electric permit since the meter was there. I pointed out the plywood- which blended in w/house, he said in that case I would not need a permit

Could differ by area




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Old 02-05-2009, 08:04 PM   #3
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Yes, you do need to contact your power utility (POCO) and have them disconnect, and re-mount the meter for you.
You will probably need the permit too, as mentioned.

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I feel comfortable with electricity, but I'm guessing I will have to call my utility company. Is this something a person can do without contacting the utility company? How much do they charge for this type of thing?
Your best bet would be to contact the utility and ask them. The cost would be minimal if there is one at all. Just let them know and they should come out and open it up and unmount it. It is highly unlikely that you need a permit.

They really don't like it when you snip their seal and mess with their stuff, even if you own the box...Not to mention the unfused conductors and live terminals inside.
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around here in north jersey the power company comes out for free to pull the meter pan
no permit here to pull the screws out
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I need to replace the siding behind my electric meter. The conduit doesn't go through the piece I want to remove. The meter just has 4 screws attached to it. I feel comfortable with electricity, but I'm guessing I will have to call my utility company. Is this something a person can do without contacting the utility company? How much do they charge for this type of thing?
Call the powerco. It would be a horrible idea to try this yourself with the power on. The butt splices need to be pulled at the mast head or at the pole before the box is pulled and remounted.
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i had meters pulled by the power company quite a few times and they never disconnected the service i saw how they do it but I'm not posting it on here
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here the power company will only unlock the meter, then you must get hold of a licensed electrician. the power company will only work on the service from street pole to point of attachment.
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here the meter belongs to the power company
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I am sure it will look much better with the siding behind it, but. Why not just trim out the siding and butt it up. They make special channel for this and it looks very good. If it's only appearance, then do what you like.
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thats certainly an option
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It is rough sawn plywood siding. It is in pretty bad shape, so I need to replace the sheet. How long will the utility worker wait for? Do you just have to schedule them to come back after the siding is in place?
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It is rough sawn plywood siding. It is in pretty bad shape, so I need to replace the sheet. How long will the utility worker wait for? Do you just have to schedule them to come back after the siding is in place?
You just call them back, there is always someone on call and they come pretty quick.
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If you are going to have the power off, I'd put a piece of plywood behind it to avoid any future siding issues



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i dont like ply in that position water gets in the end grain and it eventually rots .better off using solid pvc block or they do make a vinyl block with a built in j channel for meter pans

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