Codes/clearances required for outside residental meter


Old 11-04-07, 10:56 AM
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Codes/clearances required for outside residental meter

Moved into a new house recently... the electrical meter/service is located on the back of the house. We have a deck located immediately in front of the meter. The deck is basically located on grade. There is 18" of so of mulch in front of the meter before the deck begins. The meter is located approx. 2-3' above the level of the deck.

1. What are the clearance/code requirements for a meter/deck in this configuration.

2. We would like to remove the deck and install a patio. How deep are the conductors typically buried?? I'm worried that the base of the patio will run into the electrical conductors...

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Old 11-04-07, 11:14 AM
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1) This is a POCO Issue and not an NEC issue. You will need to ask them.

2) GET THE AREA SURVEYED! Do NOT dig around any conductors without having the area mapped out. This is a free service and EVERY area has it.
I believe there is a new national number to call. Anyone know it off hand? 811 possibly?

**EDIT - Yup. It's 811.
Old 11-05-07, 09:05 AM
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How deep are the conductors typically buried??
Underground services are usually buried at least 24", but absolutely follow Speedy's advice and have the wires marked. Carefully hand dig around any marked wires.

As far as clearance to the meter, it sounds like your patio plan is okay but your power company and/or building inspector can verify.
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No matter what depth they might have been originally buried, subsequent landscaping may have increased or decreased the burial depth. So, as Ben says, dig carefully, after, as Speedy says, getting the lines marked.
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After Dig Safe (or whatever they call it in your area) marks the locations, be aware that they allow some room for error.
This can sometimes be as much as 3' or more.
Just because there is a red line, this does not necessarily mean that the wire is directly below.
Dig slowly and safely.
Driving your shovel into a direct burial service lateral can ruin your day!

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