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services #5685
12/01/01 10:27 PM
12/01/01 10:27 PM
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mar1961  Offline OP
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Wheeling,WV,USA
I just bought a very old house that had recently been rewired into three diferent apartments . My wife and I decided to make it into one house again my problem is I have three diferent pannels , three different meter-cans, and three different electric bills.
My question is what is the most economical way to make it just one service?

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Re: services #5686
12/02/01 10:09 AM
12/02/01 10:09 AM
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ken m  Offline
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south carolina
if it is not too much of a problem paying 3 different bills that would be the less expensive way out. otherwise you would have to, depending on your location, remove the 3 meter bases and install 1 meterbase\breaker combo with at least 6 bkr spaces and feed the 3 separate bkr panels from there. that is if the feeders are long enough. if not the cost just keeps rising. if your wanting to consolidate the 3 bkr panels into 1 then your looking at some serious re-wiring.
hope some of this helps. ken m

Re: services #5687
12/02/01 05:10 PM
12/02/01 05:10 PM
electure  Offline

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To meet Code you will not be able to keep 3 meters in 1 occupancy per 230-40. 1 occupancy=1 meter. (Sorry)
I think the least expensive code compliant option you have is to sub-feed the 2 other panels from your main service panel, which will need to be sized to the entire load of your house.
You'll also have to abandon the 2 extra service grounds.


[This message has been edited by electure (edited 12-02-2001).]


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