Originally Posted By: mpatton
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I will ad another spin to this with what I have seen around the Northern KY area.
I will see a 200 amp main breaker on the outside of the dwelling near the meter base with the primary service panel also having a 200 amp main breaker. The qualifier for this appears to be how many feet from the point of entry to the main service panel from the meter.
I have not looked for a code applicable to this but the intent I presume is that if the service wire is 20'+ across a basement ceiling to the location of the main service panel. An opportunity is presented for a tradesman/homeowner to damage the service cable and have no circuit protection between the meter and the service panel, It appears that the intent of having the initial 200 amp located close to the meter base is to provide the circuit protection for the additional length of run to the service panel.
Hopefully I explained my thoughts so that others are on the same page. Am I correct in my opinion?
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