Originally Posted By: John Steinke
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Joe, I will post on tne electrical forum, www,licensedelectrician.com
, a pic of a typical such arrangement here in Reno.
With only there being a different shape to the meter pan, the arrancement is essentially the same as in your example. And, unlike your example, these older round meter pans are rated only for 60-amp services.
I believe that you are using the term "illegal" incorrectly. First of all, it is the poco who is the AHJ, not the NEC. I do not believe you have shown where this install violates the local utilities' rules. Remember- a service install, or change, is inspected by the poco as well as the locality.
Secondly, the rule that is enforced is the rule at the time of the install- not whatever changes there may have been since. While someone recently bemoaned the inability to "grandfather" changes.....that would violate our Constitutions prohibition on "ex poste facto" legislation. Applying today's rules to yesterday isn't just illogical, it's Un-American!
BTW, when there is a service change, the ne installation looks a lot like the artwork you posted. I just can't accept that an entire city "violated the law" or that an entire trade did it "wrong."
Inspectors have enough challenges without emulating Don Quiote, and "tilt at windmills" (or, in this case, mistake a flock of sheep for an invading horde!) ![icon_smile.gif](upload://b6iczyK1ETUUqRUc4PAkX83GF2O.gif)