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Old 04-26-2009, 02:49 PM   #1
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I seem to recall where someone here mounted a service disconnect next to a meter pan and the inspector shot it down because it wasn't stacked. I'm getting ready to upgrade my service and want to mount the pan/disconnect side by side. Should I call the inspector and ask? I don't want him to think I'm a buffoon. TIA
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Old 04-26-2009, 03:22 PM   #2
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Is the panel more than 5' from the meter? Avoid the buffoon issue all together and get a meter main....

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here we can go side by side or stacked only thing is POCO has height restrictions on meter
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Is the panel more than 5' from the meter? Avoid the buffoon issue all together and get a meter main....
Thanks everyone,

petey, I bought a top of the line meter/main and the power company said I couldn't use it, had to use their pan (it was like they stuck a stake thru my heart). My beaker panel is in the basement about 10' away, hence the outside disconnect.

It would be much easier for me to stack them but It'll look hideous, complicate my finishing details and the breaker will, in my opinion, be too low.

I'd hate to have everything assembled for inspection and have to wind up reworking it.
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here we can go side by side or stacked only thing is POCO has height restrictions on meter
Yes, I'm limited on the position of meter, if I stack them the breaker switch will be pretty low.
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here we can go side by side or stacked only thing is POCO has height restrictions on meter
X2 or they can go back to back. Here with all the snow fall stacking them will often leave your dis-connect below the snow line. This past winter i couldnt even see my dis-connect, it was buried in the snow.
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Stacking them usually results in the bottom knockouts of the meter box rendered inaccessible. Hence the red flag.

Which POCO are you using?
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Stacking them usually results in the bottom knockouts of the meter box rendered inaccessible. Hence the red flag.....
Why would that be a problem?
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I am curious of that too? Its the bottom knockout that i use to stack, if the meter socket has two off centered knockouts then i cut one in the center for my advantage. My inspector has no problems with cutting in your own knockouts either if you do then neatly and properly, not all panels/pans have them where you want/need them.
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James....I had a similar situation in Northern NJ....the EI will allow me to mount the pan outside, then run about 5' outside and another 8' inside to the MCB panel ~ IF I use RMC.

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Speak to the EI before proceeding.
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Stacking them usually results in the bottom knockouts of the meter box rendered inaccessible. Hence the red flag.

Which POCO are you using?
kbs, thanks-

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James....I had a similar situation in Northern NJ....the EI will allow me to mount the pan outside, then run about 5' outside and another 8' inside to the MCB panel ~ IF I use RMC.

My suggestion:
Speak to the EI before proceeding.
Celtic, thanks, that's what I'm going to do.
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Celtic, yes, I have a PDF of it. I looked through it awhile ago but I don't seem to recall anything related to my question. I'll check it again. I emailed the inspector, waiting for his reply.
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Celtic, yes, I have a PDF of it.... I'll check it again. I emailed the inspector, waiting for his reply.

It's not in there ...but at least now you have something to do while you wait


Seriously though....I was just curious if you had it ~ I would have sent you a link for future reference on other scenarios.
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Cel, thanks again, I appreciate it . You're right; I needed something to do today anyway.
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So help me God, I thought the thread was called

Peter Pan and outside disconnect?
I gotta get new reading glasses.
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