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Question DetailsAsked on 12/30/2016

Riser on top of the house is bent. Cost to repair

Riser is bent causing the electric service to lie on top of the house

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Below are a couple of similar previous questions with answers which should give you a ballpark cost - of course, how much the utility will do and how much your electrician (who in some areas will do it all) can significantly affect the total cost.

But definitely get it fixed ASAP - before wind movement causes the wire insulation to wear through. And if you live in an area (or have very old wiring) where the incoming service drop (utility line) is uninsulated - bare wire - call the utility immediately to come out and either cut the power to those wires, or sometimes they will put up a temporary staff or cable to support the lines off the roof till they are fixed - but bare lines on the roof is asking for a fire, as well as live electrical risks at gutters and pipes and vents penetrating the roof and such.

Oh - and unless the mast just came loose and tilted over or was bent by a tree falling on the wires or such, if it actually bent without an external force causing that, obviously it was not heavy duty enough for the line span you have or the ice/snow load on the line, so the new one should be beefier - I recommend nothing less than 4 inch steel pipe unless the mast is supported near the top by two or more guys to the roof (which makes for possible leak points) carrying the pull from the service drop wires.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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