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Question DetailsAsked on 2/18/2016

Replace weatherhead to connect electric service to new location on private home

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Not sure what this project entails.

Replace weather head: $150 Not such a tough job but 2 hot wires need to be cut and reconnected.

Move electrical service to new location: $3000

Answered 4 years ago by Kestrel Electric


Remove weatherhead from front hood. Location two wires to side of house. Reconnet to service panel direct below with replacement electric meter reader. ( 30 to 40 ft to service panel) How do I find electrian near Elmont, NY. Thanks

Answered 4 years ago by fdnieves


Like Kestrel said - not entirely clear what you are talking about. His $3000 I think would be the ballpark for an entirely new service line (from the utility pole), new weatherhead and support pole, and service drop to an entirely new service termination (the meter box, meter, and disconnect/master breaker). And presumably the feed wire from main breaker box to the distribution (service breaker) panel.

If you are talking just a relocation of the weatherhead location and the wiring to the existing meter base, without actually moving the meter base location or feed wiring to the breaker panel or replacing them, then that relocation and associated wiring might run closer to $1000 plus or minus, depending on site specific conditions and whether the service line from the power pole has to be extended or not, because most utilities will NOT splice that line - so would need new wire for its entire run which adds a couple hundred $ probably both to materials and labor.

New meter (installed at same time) itself - just the meter, not the box - typically runs $50-500 depending on brand, whether mechanical or wireless reporting, and whether bought and installed by your electrician or the utility. The higher half of that range, in my experience, restricted to utility companies that are trying to make money wherever they are so jack up service install and relocate costs.

This assumes the existing pole mounting height and new weatherhead location allow for adequate ground and house and tree clearance - if the new location is such that the line will droop too low or come too close to obstructions or potential grounds, then you will need either a relocation of the anchor point higher up on the power pole, a taller support mast for the weatherhead, or maybe routing to an intermediate pole or going to underground feed.

BTW - if you have interest in going to an underground service from the pole for aesthetic reasons, this would be the time to do that - might not cost much if any more than the overhead changes you are taking because the run avoids the weatherhead and support post entirely and might take a shorter path, depending of course on obstructions and buried utilities and such.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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