Building a new structure can put a pretty big dent in your wallet, especially when paying for services that you do not have the ability or knowledge to perform. Learning to do some of the work on your own can save you money that you might otherwise pay someone else to do. Installing a meter box for underground power service can be done by someone who is not an electrician, as long as the wiring is left for the professional to handle.
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Things you need
- Meter box
- Measuring tape
- Wood or masonry screws
- 2-inch meter box hub
- 2-inch conduit
- 2-inch rigid conduit straps
Check with your local service provider or municipality as to height requirements for installing your meter box. Some will have some very specific requirements, while others may ask you to install your meter above the flood plane. Also check with them to see if it is your responsibility to provide the meter box or if they provide it. Another item to check will be how deep to install your conduit for the underground power service, which can vary from 18 inches to 30 inches.
Determine where you will install the meter box and mark the location on the exterior wall of your structure. Your meter box location should install on the opposite side of the wall where your main electrical panel is installed. Verify the installation location of the main electrical panel before placing your meter box, having a straight route through the exterior wall for your wiring later will save your electrician time and you money, especially if you are installing on a brick structure.
Install the meter box on the wall with either wood screws or masonry screws, depending on the composition of the exterior of the structure.
Install the hub onto the bottom opening of the meter box. The hub is either a square or oblong piece of metal that will screw to the meter box. It has a round, threaded opening in the middle to screw the conduit into. The shape depends on the manufacturer of your meter box and installs with screws provided with the hub.
Measure from the bottom of the meter box to the ground and add the additional depth measurement that your service provider requested you install the conduit to. Cut the conduit to equal your measurement, using a hacksaw.
Connect your conduit to the hub. Make sure you have dug down to the required depth in the ground before you install the conduit. Screw the conduit into the hub and tighten. The conduit is pre-threaded, making the installation easier.
Attach the conduit to your structure. Use two-hole, 2-inch conduit straps to hold the conduit securely to your structure.
Tips and warnings
- You must check with your service provider or municipality before starting this project for specific restrictions and requirements.
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