Electrical meter removal


Old 12-15-05, 10:05 AM
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Electrical meter removal

I want to remove my electric meter to kill the power to my circuit breaker panel. I have a minor fix to do on the service wire in the circuit breaker panel and want to kill the power first.

I believe that pulling the meter is pretty easy and I would subsequently call the power company (LILCO) so they can redo their tamper-seal.

Do you think that LILCO will object for any reason?
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Old 12-15-05, 10:59 AM
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Yes, in almost all areas it is illegal for a homeowner to pull or set a meter. Aside from being a dangerous job without protective gear, there could even be fines involved if you don't call them first and explain the situation. They will send a lineman out to pull your meter, and if it's a quick job he will probably hang around until you are done and reseat the meter.
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Thanks, Ben I can't think of a reason not to follow your advice. I'll call LILCO.

Out of curiosity, would LILCO let an electrician pull the meter himself? If yes, when LILCO came to re-seal the meter how would they know if an electrician did it?
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Yes, usually electricians are allowed to pull and reseat meters. They will then notify the power company of what they did, when they did it and that the meter needs to be resealed. The procedure is different for every power company, sometimes all they need is a phone call, sometimes they need a permit and inspection. The power company also gets information from the state or local electrical inspectors office so they know who has open permits for service work.
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I can see by your face that you are an honest person, but the power company may not have my insight and think that you may have been trying to steal electric.
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The seals we use are actually locks and very difficult to remove. However, we will come open them at no charge as long as we are given a lttle prior notice. Don't know what LILCO's policy is.
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Years ago we used to do it for service changes, etc.
Now with LIPA I'm not sure what the procedure. A lot has changed in the last 15 years.

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