200amp outdoor pole

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Old 04-18-07, 09:37 AM
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200amp outdoor pole

i am adding a 200 amp service to my farm, the pole is located off to one side of the property and i was wondering if anyone had some pics of a outdoor meter and breaker box mounted on a pole. i want to get some ideas of what the best way to build one would be, as far as placement of the meter can and breaker box. thanks
 
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Around here, they would install a "current meter" setup, which has a small meterbase on the pole with a conduit running up, which connects to a ring transformer which the supply lines from the utility pass through.

Otherwise it may be a tall/narrowish unit that mounts to the pole and has a through meter. The meter will be on the top hals, and a disconnect on the bottom, under a door. You might even be able to get a model that has a manual generator transfer also, or add that to either.
 
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The power company engineer should be able to tell you what the structural and height requirements are. Is it mounted on their pole or a pole you supply? Usually they require at least a 4x6 treated post if you supply the pole. The meter will need to be about 5' off the ground, but the exact height is up to the power company.
 
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Look up mobile home power poles, as the meter and box are 99.9% of the time mounted on poles detached from the home.

You can probably by one premade from a local mobile home dealer for less than you will build it yourself for and you can be pretty sure that it will meet code requirements.
 
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I agree with Pendragon. A mobile home pole would give the requirements for an unbraced meter pole (as opposed to a "temporary pole" or "sawpole" installation which would require bracing).
 
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