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#67171 - 06/28/06 10:01 AM upgrade to 150Amp service
plee Offline
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Registered: 06/28/06
Posts: 4
Loc: Bayside, NY, USA
I did the electric service upgrad to 150 amp 3 years ago for my house in Nassau county in NY. Recently I noticed that the wire from the house to street pole was actually not changed by that electrician and it looks like older type with metal sheath when I compared to neighbor's. My guess is that he didn't need to change it because the gauge of that wire is good for 150A. But the wire seems rusted and the end of the wire attaches to my house siding seems weak (due to rust). Can anyone tell me who owns this wire (from house to pole)? Utility company or me? What should I do if I have the concern that the bolt attached to the house siding is failing and the wire could fall?

Thanks a lot!!!

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#67172 - 06/28/06 10:22 AM Re: upgrade to 150Amp service
Roger Offline

Registered: 05/18/02
Posts: 1779
Loc: N.C.
I can not say it is the same in NY but in NC this drop to the weather head is owned by the Power Company. After the weather head it belongs to you.


#67173 - 06/28/06 11:56 AM Re: upgrade to 150Amp service
IanR Offline

Registered: 12/06/04
Posts: 326
Loc: Palm Bay FL USA
In my experience; if it is after the meter, you own it; if it is before the meter, the POCO owns it.

#67174 - 06/28/06 01:01 PM Re: upgrade to 150Amp service
mamills Offline

Registered: 11/30/01
Posts: 739
Loc: Wharton, Texas, USA
Pretty much the same here in SE Texas - the drop (up to the crimp connectors at the weatherhead) and the meter belong to the POCO. Everything else goes to the homeowner.

My intial thought would be to have a local EC cast an eyeball at your situation and tell you whose dime it is for the repair.

Mike (mamills)

#67175 - 06/28/06 03:46 PM Re: upgrade to 150Amp service
Bill Addiss Offline

Registered: 10/07/00
Posts: 4196
Loc: NY, USA

I'm in Suffolk. Everything on the house (except the meter itself) - including the bolt is owned by you, and your responsibility. The wire between the house and the pole is owned by the utility.

You can call the utility if you think the wire to the pole is in bad shape and they will send someone out to look at it.


#67176 - 06/28/06 06:30 PM Re: upgrade to 150Amp service
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Registered: 07/20/04
Posts: 9026
Loc: Estero,Fl,usa
The word we are dancing around is "service point" and that is usually the crimp at the drip loop ... as everyone says.
The only thing that seems to change is who owns the meter base and enclosure.
In new construction the builder buys it but when I did a service upgrade FPL gave me one.
I still had to install it. The mast and conductors are all mine.
Greg Fretwell


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