Service upgrade


Old 05-21-07, 09:21 AM
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Service upgrade

A few questions on residential service upgrade.

We're upgrading fairly old 60 amp (all fuses) service and I think we're pretty much done with the inside work (panel, breakers, etc.). We now have to upgrade the service from the outside (Metro Detroit area Detroit Edison / DTE) and I know that the homeowner (me) is responsible for the drop (riser?), the weatherhead, and the can. Edison then will do the upgrade is how I understand it. I can buy a meter, and the other needed material but my question is; is this done live? I've got the old three wire coming in with no weatherhead, just turnbuckles anchored to the house and the riser is attached to each of the three service lines with split bolts. I have friends and family that do electrical, though mostly commercial, but are they going to be doing this live (without shutting down) and if so, how does one accomplish that with three service wires potentially flopping around?

Any help/answers will be greatly appreciated.

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Old 05-21-07, 09:56 AM
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Certain parts can be done live, like disconnecting the old service drop and reconnecting the new service drop. If your friends are electricians with commercial experience and proper protective equipment then it shouldn't be a big deal. It would be very foolish for someone to do this live without training and protective equipment.

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