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#90725 - 12/08/04 05:29 PM disconnect on pole service
trekkie76 Offline

Registered: 06/19/04
Posts: 219
Loc: baileyville, maine, usa
O.K. I am sure this question has been asked, but I am at an impass. Is a disconnect required for a service on a pole feeding a house? transformer is on pole, SE comes down to meter, pole is 100' feet from house. I beleive 230-70 says I need to have on there, but I am having difficulties with others on the proper course of action. Any help would be appreciated.

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#90726 - 12/08/04 06:04 PM Re: disconnect on pole service
Roger Offline

Registered: 05/18/02
Posts: 1779
Loc: N.C.
Trekkie, take note of 230.70(A)(1),

either outside of a building or structure or inside nearest the point of entrance of the service conductors.

This would imply (atleast to me) that the (or a) disconnecting means be located at the structure.


#90727 - 12/08/04 06:27 PM Re: disconnect on pole service
shortcircuit Offline

Registered: 06/27/04
Posts: 608
Loc: massachusetts
Why do you put the meter on the pole by the street and not on the house?

Is this a local utility requirement?


#90728 - 12/09/04 04:21 AM Re: disconnect on pole service
makokiller Offline

Registered: 12/03/04
Posts: 51
Loc: millport, ny 14864
Hi, our power co. does not allow a meter on their pole, we need to if the customer does not want the meter on the house, to install a pedistal, and the meter goes on there, and the service panel just inside the house where the conduit enters...

#90729 - 12/10/04 10:39 AM Re: disconnect on pole service
trekkie76 Offline

Registered: 06/19/04
Posts: 219
Loc: baileyville, maine, usa
the pole being a structure right Roger?

#90730 - 12/10/04 02:13 PM Re: disconnect on pole service
Ryan_J Offline

Registered: 08/19/03
Posts: 1355
Loc: West Jordan, Utah, USA
Yes, the pole is a structure, as defined. See article 100 definition.
Ryan Jackson,
Salt Lake City

#90731 - 12/10/04 05:33 PM Re: disconnect on pole service
Speedy Petey Offline

Registered: 08/29/03
Posts: 175
Loc: Upstate, NY
I think it depends on local codes as well. Around here pedestals and customer poles DO NOT require disconnects. We do them all the time. They do require two ground rods though.

edit: Sorry, should read "...meters on pedestals & customer poles..."

[This message has been edited by Speedy Petey (edited 12-10-2004).]
Speedy Petey

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#90732 - 12/11/04 06:15 AM Re: disconnect on pole service
tdhorne Offline

Registered: 03/22/01
Posts: 344
Loc: Maryland, USA
I don't see anything in section 230.70 that would require a disconnect at the pole. I have seen a lot of curbside meters, especially in rural service, that supplied service equipment located clean out of sight from the meter. Utilities require meters on poles so that they do not have to enter the property to read them. The location of the meter does not govern the location of the service disconnecting means. A good example is the yard pole or pedestal very commonly found on agricultural properties. The metering occurs at the pole to facilitate the use of a single meter for the entire premise. The service disconnecting means can then be located either at the meter or on each building.

If you do decide to locate the service disconnecting means at the pole you will still have to locate the building disconnecting means at each building. In the event that there are conductive pathways between those buildings you would be required to run an equipment grounding conductor with the feeder to each building. This will markedly raise the cost of the installation.
Tom H
Tom Horne

"This alternating current stuff is just a fad. It is much too dangerous for general use" Thomas Alva Edison

#90733 - 12/11/04 08:13 AM Re: disconnect on pole service
trekkie76 Offline

Registered: 06/19/04
Posts: 219
Loc: baileyville, maine, usa
The way I read the section, you need a means of disconnecting the service-entrance conductors at every building or structure. I don't think the meter would serve this function. Otherwise your only disconnect is the switch on the pot. But how does that section work for uninterrupted risers at said pole? I see that all the time too, and there is no disconnect.For clarifaction, the bottom half of the service is in sch 80, 3 wire, ground rods at pole and house.

#90734 - 12/11/04 08:18 AM Re: disconnect on pole service
Frank Cinker Offline

Registered: 07/29/01
Posts: 317
Loc: Pennsylvania
I live in Pittsburgh, PA. The following link is taken directly from our Power Company's installation rule book:

Duquesne Light

No disconnect required for pole mounted meter.

Edit by iwire to shorten link

[This message has been edited by iwire (edited 12-15-2004).]

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