Cable - From outside meter to box


Old 03-17-04, 05:18 PM
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Cable - From outside meter to box

I live in an older home built in 1954 in Buffalo, NY. The cable leading from the meter to the box has been painted several times and I can't tell what the cable rating is. The house had 60 AMP service. We are upgrading to 150. I don't know if the cable is rated to provide 150 AMP service. The electric company can't (or won't) help because they say they don't have that info in record. My electrician says he can't tell for sure.

Any suggestions how to find out the AMP rating?
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Old 03-17-04, 05:34 PM
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Chances are the original service was no more than 100a if the old panel has a main breaker it should have the rating on it.If you are upgrading to 150a the cable & the meter must be changed not just the panel.I am very surprised the electrician didn't tell you this.
Old 03-17-04, 06:46 PM
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Your electricain should be able to tell the wire guage by looking in the panel. He can see the wire diameter and tell the gauge by looking at it or measureing it.
It is very unlikely that the 60 amp service will have wire rated for 150 amp service.

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