Originally Posted By: jfarsetta
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A little rust on the exterior of the meter pan (base) is pretty common (at least in this area). Of course, it depends on how old the meter pan is, of course. Most folks paint them, when and if they paint the exterior of the house. I check the seal at entry/exit. If it looks to be pliable/not cracked/tight, the interior is probably okay. Take a long hard look at the entry cable. If its cracked or frayed, you could get some water penetration.
Jack, I disagree (nicely, of course) with your statement that if the seal on the pan is broken, it usually requires a peek at by electrician or inspector. The inspection takes place BEFORE the meter is set. Once the meter is set, the pan is sealed by the utility. If the tag has been removed, the only party that should (and will) inspect the inside of the pan is the utility company. When the meter is read, the seal is checked. If the seal is missing/broken, the contents/connections within the assembly are checked for tampering of any type. If the connections, pan, or contents are faulty, modified, or somehow defective, the homeowner will be notified. If a truly dangerous condition exists, power may be shut off at the service head.
Again, the inspection is performed before the meter is set/installed. Once its sealed by the utility, the rule is to keep out...
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