Bob, We see this all the time, siding contractors try to be the lowest bidder, most of them just pull the meter pan and lateral away from the house, and leave it that way. Brain dead to the hazzards involved, one contractor working for an area box store, told his guy were not paying an electrician just to remove the box, so he had his helper pull the meter pan off the wall, the fire department arrived first, they were busy trying to help the injured worker, the home was pretty much gone. Injured worker, lost home, law suit, Ya, he din't need an electrician.
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Float the pan? No problem. I replaced my Bilco cellar entry with a real, stick built entryway last fall. The meter pan was -um- attached to the side of the old 2X6 picture frame they hung the Bilco on with two 8-32 machine screws and about a quart of roofing tar from the caulking job. Called POCO for a standard 6hr disco/reconnect. Linemen showed up at 8:30, opened the pan and floated it instead, said they'd be back at 2:00 to reattach. (Good thing it was cold so the tar shattered.) This was first week in October. They finally got around to reattaching the pan the day before Thanksgiving. Didn't have a seal until New Years. "It ain't just the carpenters and vinyl guys."
Cobtronics, Around here it is the carpenters and vinyl guys, The utility companies in this area don't install service equipment, we install the meter pan, and it takes about 20 minutes for a UG install and about 1-1/2 for an OH install, I can't believe a utility company would leave a hazzard like that, what utility company do you have?