service outlet codes

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Old 03-26-02, 04:50 AM
JoeCarr
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Question service outlet codes

i need to install a service outlet and i was wondering if someone could tell me what the rules and codes are on this....(ie.. how far away from the breaker box it has or can be....what amp and so on.) please if someone can help i would be very thankful.....
 
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Old 03-26-02, 09:31 AM
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The conductors leaving you meterbase are called service entrance conductors until the are connected to the main disconnect and main overcurrent device in you main service rated panel. These service entrance conductors are allowed to be installed all the way around you house as long as they remain outside. However the NEC dictates taht you install a main overcurrent device [fuse or breaker] and main disconnect for at the nearest point of entrance where you enter the structure.

That was the short version of your answer. IF you want the long in detailed version of wiring a service try clicking the following link. After you have read that article then feel free to come back in and issue a reply to this post with you added questions.

http://homewiring.tripod.com/homewir...ter/meter.html

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Old 03-26-02, 09:43 AM
JoeCarr
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Unhappy still confused

i was told that i had to install a outlet below the breaker box on the inside....is this so?.....or does it need to go on the outside below the main shut off?...i would like to get by with as little work as i can....please help if you can.....
 
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Old 03-26-02, 09:55 AM
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The NEC allows you to set your meter base on the outside wall and then install a conduit from that meterbase to the point that you enter the structure then that conduit must enter a main service rated panel with a main breaker at the nearest point of entrance of that conduit into the structure. A main service rated weather proof disconnect is allowed to be installed outside your structure is you like but is not required if you have a panel with a main installed at the nearest point of entrance of those service conductors inside the structure.

The NEC tells us that you may install a main service rated panel EITHER outside or nearest point of entrance inside a structure.

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Old 03-26-02, 10:02 AM
JoeCarr
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thanx

i already have all of that hooked up below the meter....right to the breaker box.....but do i need an outlet below the breaker box it's self?
 
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Old 03-26-02, 10:11 AM
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If this is a mobile home the answer is yes you must install a receptacle by the service outside. If this is a modular home or stick built home no you do not have to have a receptacle installed at the disconnect outside. You do however have to install an outside receptacle both front and rear of that type of dwelling.

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Old 03-26-02, 11:50 AM
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JoeCarr,If this receptacle is going to be used for a laundry circuit then yes it is required. If not then no. Their is no requirement here in michigan for it unless the local AHJ says different.



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Old 03-26-02, 03:36 PM
JoeCarr
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Smile thanx for the help

no this home is a old house built in like 1860 it's very small with a michigan basement.... i have rewired the whole house and brought everything up to code....it has been a real pain...cause this is my first time doing anything like this.... thanks to all the great people here it has gone alot smoother then i thought ..... i will write back and let you all know how the inspection went....thanx again all......
 
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