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Question DetailsAsked on 7/1/2016

I WONT TO RAISE MY WIRE 3 FT HIGHER THAN IT IS &WHAT APPROX. COST

ELECTIC WIRE FROM POLE GOING TO HOUSE I NEED IT 3 FT HIGHER AT HOUSE SO TRK. CAN DRIVE UNDER WITHOUT HITTING WIRES

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Depends on what it is supported by, what the utility rules are regarding electrician messing with the incoming feed, and what the utility charges for disconnecting and reconnecting the line for the work.


I would say typically in the $500 range, but some utility companies charge $250 or more for a disconnect and reconnect, and some charge a service charge for each (not disconnect/connect combined) so that could push you closer to $1000 range.


Also depends of course on whether you have bare wire coming to your weatherhead or not - if fully insulated, sometimes a new mast can be put up right next to the existing, the wires moved over (if bare external wires rather than in a conduit), and the old one removed in one action without cutting the power at all. The other extreme is having to disconnect at the power pole/transformer, raise/replace the mast, then refeed the wires down through the conduit and reconnect the feed wires.


A factor in the cost is also how much slack there is at the weather head - if not enough to raise it 3 feet and still keep the splice in free air (and generally 1 foot or more from the mast), the drop down to the meter may have to be replaced - another $100-500 depending on whether electrician can do this or utility has to because everything on "their side" of the meter is their responsibility and only they can work on it, which again may push it well over the $500 range.


I would check first with the utility on their rules and where the demarkation line is, and what their charges are.


Also, if this is a one-time event, they will commonly put an insulated prop pole or A-frame under the wire or hold it up higher with a temporary rope slung off the power pole to arch it up rather than have it sagging - might provide enough clearance. Some will leave a temporary support like this for several days or week or so, some require one of their crews be there the full time it is elevated and maybe use a service truck to lift the wire up for clearance - at about $150-250/hour charge for truck and crew.


You did not say what kind of truck - but if one-time event, if a lumber/truss delivery truck perhaps cheaper to have them just bring a boom truck to lift the material up over the house instead. If concrete truck, extra chutes or pumping so truck does not have to come in under the wire might be as cheap or cheaper as well. If dump truck or such,, may be as cheap to have them bring bobcat to tram it, or dump short of the wires and wheelbarrow or buggy it to the place the material is being placed.

Answered 2 years ago by LCD




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