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meter socket wiring question #65417
05/02/06 08:45 PM
05/02/06 08:45 PM
rowd  Offline OP
Joined: Sep 2002
Posts: 31
Park Forest, Illinois, USA
I'm installing a new single phase, 3-wire meter socket to meter a single 400 watt light on a apt. building.
I'm doing twenty of these, each with it's own meter.
I tapped one leg of the phase and the neutral to the line side of the new meter socket from the existing PoCo lines coming into the building. Then running the neutral and one load conductor to the breaker panel supplying the light.
PoCo comes out to install the meter and says the socket is wired wrong.
My question is:
Does the socket require both phases of power to operate the meter? I've looked in a couple of socket enclosures to see how they were wired previously and found one wired with the neutral jumpered to the line side of the phase that was not being used and another was wired with both phases to the line side but only one conductor running from the load to the breaker box supplying the light.
What am I doing wrong?

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Re: meter socket wiring question #65418
05/02/06 08:56 PM
05/02/06 08:56 PM
Redsy  Offline
Joined: Mar 2001
Posts: 2,056
Bucks County PA
Try looking at this, but check with your utility company first tering.pdf

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Re: meter socket wiring question #65419
05/03/06 07:30 PM
05/03/06 07:30 PM
circuit man  Offline
Joined: Nov 2001
Posts: 273
rowd, check out hiialeah they have wiring diagrams for all types of meter sockets.if i'm not wrong you would put the hot on the left hand line stab run neutral through middle,then run a jumper to the right hand stab. sounds like the power compny doesn't like the idea of providing a form 1S meter that is designed for this application.this meter is usually rated 100cl 120 volt two wire.most meters that the power company uses for residental service are form 2S class 200 240 volt 3 wire. these reguire the 2 hot legs.why do they want to meter each 400 watt seperate? why not use a sub meter if it's to bill each customer, & use one main house meter.hialeah & several others can provide these for you, unless there not allowed in your area.

Re: meter socket wiring question #65420
05/03/06 07:49 PM
05/03/06 07:49 PM
NORCAL  Offline
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Posts: 878

Re: meter socket wiring question #65421
05/03/06 08:30 PM
05/03/06 08:30 PM
Roger  Offline
Joined: May 2002
Posts: 1,716
If you continue to have headaches over this meter problem after checking out the provided links, you might want to ask your doctor about Damitol.

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Re: meter socket wiring question #65422
05/03/06 08:49 PM
05/03/06 08:49 PM
NJwirenut  Offline
Joined: Sep 2001
Posts: 806
Bergen County, NJ
You need to connect the neutral to a screw terminal on the back of the meter, and disconnect a jumper link. Explained at:


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