Narrow meter/main box?

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Old 10-01-06, 07:36 AM
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Narrow meter/main box?

Does anyone make a narrow meter/main box where the 200A breaker is below the meter socket? All I can find are side by sides.

Also, if my loadcenter in the house has a 200A main breaker, can I legally lock the outside box?
 
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I am not sure about finding a meter/main combo that is over under or not.

As for locking the panel using the hasp on the cover. Yes you can.

To my knowlege, the only time you cannot lock a panel cover or door to an electrical room is if there are tennants who may as a result of the lock, not have access to the breaker. There is an easy work around for this problem. Give the tennant a copy of the key.

You cannot put a locking device on the breaker itself that would lock the breaker in the ON position. While I believe that the breaker would still work just fine, the fear is that the lock will keep the breaker from opening all the way when needed.

As far as the fire dept having access if needed. Fire depts carry tools to handle minor inconviences like pad locks.
 
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Old 10-01-06, 08:17 AM
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I know Midwest and Sq D do. I'm sure others do as well.
Where are you looking?
 
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Old 10-01-06, 08:43 AM
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Slowes carries one by General Electric. 150 and 200A
It's about 16" wide and 30" tall. Around $100.
 
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Old 10-01-06, 08:46 AM
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I checked at grovers (local electric supply store) and the two big box stores. I may have to go to Boise, I guess. Thanks for the info!
 
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Old 10-01-06, 08:51 AM
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Are you permitted to use a separate meter socket? Around where I live that is about all I see. The meter is often placed above the box and connected by a conduit nipple. That would also give you the configuration you want if I read correctly.
 
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Old 10-01-06, 08:59 AM
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That would work as well, but I can't find any simple 200A main/disconnect panels locally, either. They all want to be loadcenters.
 
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Old 10-01-06, 09:07 AM
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An electric supply company should have them or try a mobile home supply place.
 
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Old 10-01-06, 09:28 AM
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Joe, I think the supply house was stonewalling you.

Even if they do not have one in stock, they must have the ability to get one for you.
 
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Old 10-01-06, 09:49 AM
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I wouldn't doubt it. No worries, Boise is a short trip, and the little lady is in need of some nightlife, so I'll take a gander up that way (many more electric supply stores!)
 
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Is there a reason why a 200 amp CB in a weather-proof enclosure cannot be located under the meter-socket?
 
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Originally Posted by PATTBAA
Is there a reason why a 200 amp CB in a weather-proof enclosure cannot be located under the meter-socket?

NO. The OP is looking for a clean installation and therefore an all in one enclosure.
 
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Old 10-01-06, 10:53 AM
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Since I started using meter-main enclosures when needed, I'll never use a separate meter socket and main disconncet again!
Clean and easy!
 
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