Thanks Seharp & Old,
When I did an addition in 2002, this is when the SqD 100amp panel was installed...it was a pretty old set-up w fuses and all. in order to install the new e-panel, the SBECoop person, had to disconnect the incoming wires from the pole. I am going out there today and will take pics of the pole w meter and see how it is specifically configured. I know by turning off the panel at the pole [to install a new circuit in the utility panel], it does not turn off the power to the house, only the utility shed and thus the well.
Yes, it would be nice to be able to turned off everything at the pole and work on house if I needed to do so...in every install I do [water, gas or electrical], I always have a cutoff/shutoff valve right before the ending application, just like a shutoff valve at every toilet. I agree once I have the power off and installing the panel, that's the biggest opp
cost and might as well go big there bc later it's much harder. I over size a lot of things when the start-up cost is the main ante.
Regarding upgrading/installing a new panel, my brother is very talented at plumbing, electrical, construction, etc...however, he advised me against installing my own panel. He stated that since it really is a one-time gig, to get someone that knows all the ins-and-outs and has done it before many times. I have to agree, but I certainly want to do this myself. Thoughts?
Finally, I agree on SPD at all locations and lightening rod installations. Has anyone installed home/residential lightening rods and what does it specifically involve?
Many thanks to all for your help, advice and suggestions.