Do you mean the drop to the house or the riser on the house. The drop is supplied by the poco and is whatever they feel like installing at the time. For the riser I use triplex aluminum run in pvc. In Mass there is no requirement for sunlight resistant wire for drip loops.
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"Service entrance conductors" is what I am asking about. From weatherhead down to meter socket.
THHN doesn't do very well in direct contact with sunlight. I have seen many an installation where the clear cable cover (not insulation) is falling off from exposure to the elements. Do they make a sunlight resistant THHN?
Using THHN for this application would be a violation since THHN is not rated for wet locations. I would have to admit that all of the THHN I have seen is rated as THHN/THWN but make sure you are using THWN. I pretty much gave up using CU THHN/THWN for any thing #2 and larger quite a few years ago and switched to XHHW. The insulation on XHHW does not start to fall apart within a couple of years after being installed when exposed to sunlight and it also holds up much better in underground application. Many of the high tech company's and schools in my area will not permit any THWN to be used for underground applications.
E-Scott - Why did MA decide not to adopt 310.8(D)?
I met Shawn ( or Shaun?) From CES the other day. He said that he knew you and now he met me. He is going to be the foreman on the next big building here in the complex. I then ask Gary if he knew you. He said, Yes. I then started telling him stories about how you want me to watch over him to make sure that he doesn't screw up. Then after goofing with him for several minutes, I told him how we know each other on this web site. They are doing a terrific job down here and they are moving along quite rapidly. That is the name of the game sometimes, hurry up and get it done.