Meter base wiring for overhead vs underground service

Originally Posted By: bking
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Installation question- not something usually visible during inspection but I’ll ask it anyway


Normally the service feeds go to the top 2 lugs in a meter base which is easy when the wires come from overhead but when it is underground service do you just wrap the wires around and connect to the same place?

I installed mine 3 years ago but used a 400 amp meter base that had plenty of room to work in there. What about the 200A bases, is there enough room to pass all of the wires around there when using underground service?


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Originally Posted By: bking
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I found some info, Connections do have to wrap around and go to the top connection points.


I guess this is code and the meter itself probably could monitor the current/power usage either way.


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Originally Posted By: Greg Fretwell
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As far as I know you need to feed a meter base from the top to get the meter to go the right way. If you turn it over it runs backward.


There should be sufficient wire bending space to do that.