Originally Posted By: pabernathy
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Ok......now first it is important to know WHY we have a 1/4" gap behind most electrical panels and meter base units.....because they need air space....so what tends to concern me more is when the client caulks around the meter cabs and outside panels removing that air space....
BUT in regards to your issue....in most areas in order to get into the actual meter cab you need to have the meter itself pulled. Now in our area ( VA ) if you pull that meter.......you have to cut the seal and would be a BIG "NO NO " legally in our area........that meter is property of the local UTY company.
Also to reduce your liability I would simply state:
" In my observation of your electrical meter base, It appears to have a seperation from the dwelling structure and the metal meter base system. I would recommend a review of this system by the governing utility company to which provided the enclosure."
Again.......they could PAY an electrician such as myself to look at it...tug on it and so on...but just may cause the mounting screws to fall back into the meter cab....possibly touching the contact points and creating more issues.....again this would be the utility companies domain.
Just the opinion of a Electrical Contractor who does this every day...lol
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