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Offline FJR1300

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Electrical Panel
« on: November 09, 2013, 10:28:28 PM »
Damn... I was adding a sub-panel today when I found out my main break in the main panel is bad. I cannot get it to turn off, so it looks like I'll be paying the electric company to come out and pull the meter so I can put in a new panel or is there another option?

I still got the sub-panel in, but I really hate adding breakers to a hot panel.

Any idea how much the electric company is going to charge to come out to pull the meter and then to come back out later in the day to put it back on for me?

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Re: Electrical Panel
« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2013, 09:09:48 AM »
Probably less than a trip to ER.
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Re: Electrical Panel
« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2013, 10:27:41 AM »
Yeah... I really hate dealing with electrical. Low voltage is my specialty, but I'm comfortable enough to do a lot of my own work. Having the proper tools is a big plus. Hot gloves are cool, they are three layers; cotton gloves, thick rubber gloves, and then leather work gloves. You won't be able to pick up a penny wearing them, but you can easily push in a new breaker on a live panel.

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Re: Electrical Panel
« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2013, 02:27:22 PM »
To put in a new box I have pulled the meter myself.  Probably illegal, but I snipped the little keychain/seal thing they put on, unlocked it, grabbed the meter by its face and pulled it off, which disconnects the panel.  The next time I saw a truck on my street I just told them my keychain/seal thing was broken and the dude just put a new one on, no questions asked. 

Maybe I got luck with the no questions asked thing.

Electric meter removal
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Re: Electrical Panel
« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2013, 02:48:46 PM »
To put in a new box I have pulled the meter myself.  Probably illegal, but I snipped the little keychain/seal thing they put on, unlocked it, grabbed the meter by its face and pulled it off, which disconnects the panel.  The next time I saw a truck on my street I just told them my keychain/seal thing was broken and the dude just put a new one on, no questions asked. 

Maybe I got luck with the no questions asked thing.

Crappy video, but this is exactly what I did:
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Probably illegal?  Kind of like the sun will probably come up tomorrow.

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Re: Electrical Panel
« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2013, 05:58:16 PM »
Meter tampering is definitely illegal.  You might consider taking that down.  Just sayin'.

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Re: Electrical Panel
« Reply #6 on: November 10, 2013, 06:19:01 PM »
Well... at least the sub-panel is done. I'll move a few circuits over now, so that will make it easier to replace the main panel.

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Re: Electrical Panel
« Reply #7 on: November 10, 2013, 10:20:23 PM »
Meter tampering is definitely illegal.  You might consider taking that down.  Just sayin'.

Last time I did it was about 15 years ago.  Is there a statue of limitations?   ;D

If it was a big deal at the time, the electric guy in the truck didn't say anything.  I told him my clip-deal was broken, he stuck a new one on.  :-\
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Re: Electrical Panel
« Reply #8 on: November 11, 2013, 08:33:41 AM »
You're probably good by now.  Anyway, your secret is safe with me.   ;)

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Re: Electrical Panel
« Reply #9 on: November 12, 2013, 03:23:57 PM »
call the power provider and ask, we allow electricians to pull the meter and we then inspect and reseal it later. If it is a homeowner we don't charge as long as they have a wiring certificate. Typically stop by in the morning and pull the meter (put in a cover), then return in the afternoon to hook it back up.

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Re: Electrical Panel
« Reply #10 on: November 12, 2013, 03:32:54 PM »
Yeah... I just found we can pull the meter and Ameren does not charge to re-tag.

Cool.

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Re: Electrical Panel
« Reply #11 on: November 14, 2013, 12:41:13 PM »
pretty rational behavior for a utility! good for you!
We had two bags of grass, 75 pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high-powered blotter acid, a saltshaker half-full of cocaine, a whole galaxy of multi-colored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers... Also, a quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of beer, a pint of raw ether, and two dozen amyls. Not that we needed all that for the trip, but once you get locked into a serious drug collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can.

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Re: Electrical Panel
« Reply #12 on: November 14, 2013, 01:08:23 PM »
Can I call and have them pull someone else's meter?

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Re: Electrical Panel
« Reply #13 on: November 18, 2013, 08:03:57 AM »
Meter tampering is definitely illegal.  You might consider taking that down.  Just sayin'.


Last time I did it was about 15 years ago.  Is there a statue of limitations?   ;D



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