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Bsuderski

11:11AM | 09/20/07
Member Since: 09/19/07
1 lifetime posts
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We lost power to 1/2 of the house yesterday. Wasn't fuses so I called the power company. The service guy takes off the meter and says that 1 of the lines coming in is corroded and that the whole thing needs to be replaced from the ground to the meter and I need to get an electrician. He did attach something to it which brought back the power except for the AC.

My question is - is this my responsibility or the power company? And does anyone have an idea of how much this could cost-ballpark?

Billhart

12:23PM | 09/20/07
Member Since: 04/25/05
1918 lifetime posts
TYPICALLY the HO is responsible for the weather head (for overhead service), the meter pan (socket), the wire from the weatherhead to the meter, the cable/conduit to the panel, and the wire from the meter to the panel.

And the power company supplies the drop from the pole.

Under ground is similar.

But there are a thousand variable from POCO to POCO.

One of which is this is a long run from the pole or underground transformer somethings the drop is also your responsibility and was paid for when the house was built.

As you describe it my guess is that it is your responsibiliy.

You mentioned "fuses". If you have a fused panel then it is probably time for a service upgrade.

Typically upgrades are in the $1000 to 3000 range. But again lots of variable.

Just replacing the meter socket and some wire MIGHT be in the $500 to $1000 range.

But again that are many many variables.

jrannis

10:02AM | 09/21/08
Member Since: 09/20/08
10 lifetime posts
Its time to have the meter can changed.

Depending on where you live, expect to have to pull a permit, depending on the age of your house you may have to update the bonding.
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