Originally posted by Tom Erfert (codeenforcementguy:
This was a three phase...
If it was a three phase, it was probably intended that the meter never serve as a D/C - we've gotten instruction about that from our PoCo at the Fire Department. You usually see this on bigger commercial/industrial services, where the service D/C is inside, in a marked dead-front panel. On these installs, the meter reads the current, but isn't the primary flow path (Inductance read?).
Recently the PoCo (or a thoughful EC) here has started labeling the meter boxes as "NO SERVICE DISCONNECT - REMOVING METER WILL NOT SHUT OFF POWER", but the labeling has been pretty sporadic.