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#168870 - 09/18/07 06:54 PM Why put a new meter socket?
Webmaster Offline


Registered: 10/07/00
Posts: 3142
Loc: NY, USA
Why put a new meter socket, there is one there already!

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#168881 - 09/18/07 08:53 PM Re: Why put a new meter socket? [Re: Webmaster]
TOOL_5150 Offline

Registered: 08/01/07
Posts: 62
Loc: Bay Area
I see 2 problems here: 1) double lugged on main. 2) If that new subpanel does not have a main breaker - I am sure they are over their 6 throw limit.

Nice try - no cigar.

I would rather beg for forgiveness then beg for permission.

#168884 - 09/18/07 09:02 PM Re: Why put a new meter socket? [Re: Webmaster]
CaOperator Offline

Registered: 04/17/03
Posts: 56
Loc: Los Angeles, CA, USA
Open ko's above the washing machine!! yikes

#168887 - 09/19/07 06:34 AM Re: Why put a new meter socket? [Re: CaOperator]
mamills Offline

Registered: 11/30/01
Posts: 739
Loc: Wharton, Texas, USA
It looks like the meter/panel unit could be set up to easily go over the six throw limit as well - no main in this panel. Plus, I'm wondering what is the ampacity rating of the main supply cable to the meter. Looks like it might be quite a stretch to supply that large panel.
The workspace violation created by the presence of the washing machine/dryer is another problem, along with the fact that there is not much physically supporting the large panel.
In all, the close co-existence of electrical and plumbing makes me very nervous.

Mike (mamills)

#168973 - 09/22/07 02:04 PM Re: Why put a new meter socket? [Re: mamills]
wa2ise Offline

Registered: 11/29/02
Posts: 769
Loc: Oradell NJ USA
That might have been a little less ugly had he used a breaker in tha meter panel as the main, and then feed the other new panel as a sub-panel. The washing machine is another issue, though...

#168976 - 09/22/07 07:10 PM Re: Why put a new meter socket? [Re: wa2ise]
electure Offline


Registered: 12/24/00
Posts: 4226
Loc: Fullerton, CA USA
It seems odd that there would be 12 spaces in the panel with the metering, yet it comes to a set of main lugs, and not a main breaker.

#169013 - 09/23/07 02:33 PM Re: Why put a new meter socket? [Re: electure]
n1ist Offline

Registered: 02/13/02
Posts: 176
Loc: Malden MA
12 spaces lets you put in 6 double-pole breakers and still be legal...


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