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Question DetailsAsked on 4/20/2016

my pud wants me to upgrade the electrical meter base to stainless steel due to coastal corrosive weather.What $

Must replace damaged meter base on residence.

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Sounds like maybe you are in an Island county in Washington ? Some of the PUDs in that area are requiring stainless now - though not commonly for residential - usually for 400A or higher services.


Anyway, the meter bases, depending on the your PUD requires, commonly run from $40-100 for cheapo meter-base-only asian junk to $100-300 with better construction and a disconnect and/or main breaker shutoff as well, which many area electrical code amendments now require to be at the meter rather than as part of the breaker box. A good idea that - having the main breaker at the panel does you no good if you are trying to turn off the power because of a short or arcing in the panel or because the incoming feed from the meter is what is going bad. Meter-base main breaker or at least disconnect location is heading towards international standard probably in next electrical code revision.


Stainless adds about $50-100 to the materials cost for a residential sized box. Swapout cost including base typically about $300-500 by an electrician - plus anything the utility charges for a disconnection and reconnect if they have to disconnect at their point-of-service (commonly an exposed splice at the weatherhead or at the transformer, which can commonly run another $100-300 for both combined. Be sure if getting bids to have the electrician include EVERYTHING needed for the replacement, passing PUD inspection, and deenergization/reenergization in his bid. This can make a substantial difference, because for instance some utilities allow Master Electrician to disconnect and reconnect the service wires, whereas Journeyman may have to call the utility to do that.

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