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#118557 10/10/04 12:56 PM
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Purty job, Dave!

I like the way nylocks (ty-wraps)look for new panels, but agree as a remodel guy they can be a pain.

It's still better than the average rat's nest of wire we all see.

#118558 10/10/04 01:01 PM
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nice looking job

#118559 10/11/04 07:57 PM
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We go by the NEC here regarding wire colors. My generous use of wire ties comes from my background in wiring machine controls. I used stranded wire on this job which doesn't stay put very well. I also do a lot of remodeling and could remove all these ties in a minute.


P.S. Some final comments before we let this thread die are:

I used a 2" nipple even though it's only 100-amp in case it got changed out later to a 200-amp service, which are getting more common here. I used duct seal in the nipple after taking this picture.

I plugged the four mounting holes with fender washers even though the holes aren't quite as large as a 1/2" knockout.

#118560 10/12/04 08:47 AM
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Nice looking job Dave. [Linked Image]


#118561 10/14/04 11:30 PM
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Looks good! I like seeing 'before' and 'after' pics of just about anything. Amazing. This really looks better. [Linked Image]

"Live the dream, you only get one chance."
#118562 10/15/04 09:51 AM
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Dave: I'll agree; it is a very nice looking job. More installs should look this good!

I'm interested in the construction of the service to the meter outside, since I have never seen such an install in my part of the country. With the bottom end of the raceway buried below ground level (and in contact with the ground), what do think it's life expectancy will be? Also, Is there somewhere a transition from UG conduit to this raceway, and where does it take place? Just curious...

Mike (mamills)

#118563 10/15/04 11:27 AM
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This is a typical installation around here, Mike. The service is underground and the POCO brings in a triplex (direct burial) into this pedestal type meter-socket. This meter-socket is essentially back-to-back with the distribution panel in the attached garage. A more typical installation in this area would probably be into a full basement, where you would need a 90 degree sweep into the distribution panel. Often the services are overhead rather than underground.


(edit) PS I've dug up these pedestal type meter-sockets that were installed 30-40 years ago and they're still in good shape. The paint may not look good, but there are no holes in the metal.

[This message has been edited by Dave55 (edited 10-15-2004).]

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