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#112852 04/01/02 08:20 PM
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AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!! WHAT IN THE HELL!!!!!!!!!!!! Now Now Now Now, I know!! we've all had those crazy visions of WHAT it would look like without any CONDUIT!!! But COME ON!!! My 5 year old SON knows better than this!!

#112853 04/02/02 09:53 AM
Joined: Nov 2001
Posts: 745
Aw, C'mon!! Give credit where credit is least they used bushings on the nipple in the bottom of the meter can... [Linked Image]

Seriously though, Kevin...what is the thing that the wires pass through to enter the building? From the pic it looks like the corner of a basement window.

Mike (mamills)

#112854 04/02/02 07:47 PM
Joined: Dec 2000
Posts: 4,289
Wow, guys!
Here, any resi 200A or less goes to the meter socket, and right out of the meter socket to the main c/b. (Usually in an "All-in-one" service)
Is this required by your serving utility?

#112855 04/09/02 03:39 AM
Joined: Mar 2002
Posts: 95
Maybe he was going to back fill up to the bottom of the meter base. It is afterall underground wire ain't it. He just wasn't through yet huh.

Lighting the way
#112856 04/17/02 08:03 PM
Joined: Apr 2002
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I saw a house that had 30 amp 120 volt wires coming from the pole to the house (only 2 wires). The neutral wire was connected to one, and the red and black hots were connected to the other. (may i mention that they used electrical tape with western union splices.) The service wire then went to a meter then to his breaker box. The man living ther wired it himself without a building permit or inspection. he said he was shocked a few times. He's lucky to be alive. Oh yes, he said he also used speaker wire in a few places because he ran out of romex.

#112857 07/12/02 10:29 PM
Joined: Jul 2002
Posts: 6
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I knew that NEC instructor was full of it. He told us we were to use 2" PVC for that.
This way seems so much faster! Quanity not quality!

#112858 08/03/03 04:25 PM
Joined: Apr 2003
Posts: 48
This is what happens when you use non-UV and cellular Pvc on a job.

Wonder what it looks like inside.....

#112859 08/03/03 06:47 PM
Joined: Aug 2002
Posts: 1,081
To my non-electrician eyes, it appears that this DIY'er was not yet finished. Obviously, a very important detail was left out:
[Linked Image from]

Looks like this posting alone picked up about 5 new members of the BBS [Linked Image]

Here in North NJ, the meter base that is pictured is similar to what my next-door neighbor just had installed. (They did use conduit, however.)


How many ground rods did they use, and how are they connected? (They did use them, right?) I see a smaller conductor entering on the far right of the meter base...??

P. S. What is a "horned bypass?"

P. P. S. Now, if they had used one of these , maybe it would have made things a little better...

[This message has been edited by ThinkGood (edited 08-03-2003).]

#112860 09/01/03 07:06 PM
Joined: Aug 2003
Posts: 173
C'mon, none of you have seen invisible conduit before?!?

Speedy Petey

"Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new." -Albert Einstein
#112861 09/01/03 07:20 PM
Joined: Jan 2003
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I haven't seen it, but I have been charged for it by the supply house. [Linked Image]

Bob Badger
Construction & Maintenance Electrician
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