No surprise at all, POCO does not install the meters they just inspect, your installation, this job was done by a weekend wonder, no permit, no inspections, so now the owner ends up, paying twice for the work.
This type of install was pretty common here in NJ (PSE+G-land).
The gutter is specifically made for those meter sockets to mount onto. Wiring eneters the back of the meters through a large rectangular cutout. The meter pans often have the barrel locks on them, making for a real PITA when ripping one of these services out.
Have redone several of these services in the last year, and the meters get moved to the outside of the house where they belong....
On a different matter here, isn't there supposed to be a main disco for each of these panels, since it appears that there are more than six circuit breaker disconnects in the "first floor" panel (and probably the same in the other panel as well)?
Celtic, it's fairly common practice to mount panels and meters on a plywood backer mounted to concrete, if there's a fault in the panel powerful enough to blow through the sheet metal and light the plywood on fire I think that a non-flammable backer wouldn't help all that much
Yes, this was a common type install here in NJ; some of the 'old timers' would install a chase nipple in the back of the meter pan; others would use the 'oval' hole that PSE&G provided. I've seen 'multi' installs; three on the troff; a nipple, and three more adjacent. That's when conductor capacity was determined by a piece of 2x4 and a hammer.
The "troff" and the meter pans were supplied by PSE&G, to the EC; the meter was 'set' by PSE&G people. The majority of this type were 'wire terminal' meters; NOT plug-in, like we use today. Doing a service change/upgrade requires an adaptor device from PSE&G; plug-in on back; 4 conductors coming out the bottom (to connect to the old meter) and a tab to hold the meter in place.
I did not work in JCP&L areas, so I can't say for sure if they used this device also.
As to the plywood; we used to have to paint it with 'fire retardant black paint'
MIKE: As to a 'main'.....judging by the new look of the panels, someone butched this up from the original....Probably in it's first original life, it was the 6 switch rule...now..whatever fits, or the top left cb (red) may be a backfed 'main' LES??????