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My irrigation contractor (a friend of a friend) broke my electric meter head with the backstroke of a shovel. No harm done; he had the poco replace it same day/power was never interupted to the house. Two questions:

He joked that he had done me a favor as I "got free power for the two hours before they replaced it." True?

Also, does anyone know about what the poco charges for that replacement? I know it varies, but $100? $250? $500?

Northern New Jersey/Morris County
 

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My irrigation contractor (a friend of a friend) broke my electric meter head with the backstroke of a shovel. No harm done; he had the poco replace it same day/power was never interupted to the house. Two questions:

He joked that he had done me a favor as I "got free power for the two hours before they replaced it." True?

Also, does anyone know about what the poco charges for that replacement? I know it varies, but $100? $250? $500?

Northern New Jersey/Morris County
While it may be possible the meter stopped working during those couple hours.. but more than likely POCO will just estimate your usage for that day. So you saved nothing.
 

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At our POCO, we would not bother estimating a couple of hours use, so in that regard, your friend is probably right.
If you had been the victim of vandalism, we wouldn't charge you anything for the damage, but since someone in your employ caused the damage, we would charge you the price of the damaged meter (typical single phase with a communications module is around $100 depending on make) and a service trip ($60).
 

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At our POCO, we would not bother estimating a couple of hours use, so in that regard, your friend is probably right.
If you had been the victim of vandalism, we wouldn't charge you anything for the damage, but since someone in your employ caused the damage, we would charge you the price of the damaged meter (typical single phase with a communications module is around $100 depending on make) and a service trip ($60).
Thats why we do not know what happened. Found it that way this morning. :yes:
 

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I was at work so I don't know what he told the POCO, but with a half installed irrigation system and a gaping hole right in front of the meter where a shrub used to be, I don't think ignorance would've played out. :whistling2:

But, he's a nice guy and I just hope he didn't take too big of a hit dollar wise.
 

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Thats why we do not know what happened. Found it that way this morning. :yes:
Amazingly, nobody ever does!

Actually, for the most part we give a guy the benefit of the doubt. Just like the time my post hole digger went thru a phone line. Darn gophers!
 
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