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Question DetailsAsked on 6/22/2016

cost to replace wire from electrical meter box 10 feet up side of the house

wire from the meter on the side of house is cracked and needs to be replaced

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Wire splices must be made inside junction boxes. The breaker panel serves as a junction box. If there is another jucnction box at the destination (10 feet up side of the house) then it shouldn't cost more than $100 - $200. Other situations are impossible to estimate without site visit, photos, or drawings.


Answered 4 years ago by Kestrel Electric


You say the wire "from the meter box" 10 feet up side of house - if you mean the INCOMING service drop to the meter, coming from a power pole to commonly a weatherhead mounted on a post or about 3-6 inch pipe conduit leading down to the meter, contact your utility - in most cases (not all) everything on the "utility side" of the meter is their responsibility.

If a feed from the meter 10 feet to say an upstairs apartment or condo unit breaker box, then is your responsibility and Kestrel's comment applies - though I would expect minimum cost to be in the $200-300 range, a bit more than he indicated, for most areas by the time materials and labor are figured in, along with a bit of ladder work. Might get it for $100-200 range, but at least in our area $125 minimum charge and $125/hour plus materials would get you into the $200+ range real quick for this type of job, which I would figure is closer to an hour or so than half an hour assuming you actually meant 10 feet "up" rather than 10 feet along the side of the house to the breaker box.

And as he said - you cannot reasonably (or want to) splice that line in the middle - so the section of wiring will have to be replaced from end to end - say meter box to breaker box probably.

A recommendation - if it has not been done recently, I would include (up front) in the scope of work for him to check all the wiring connections from the meter box to the breaker box and connections to breakers in the breaker box to be sure they are secure - generally is aluminum wire for that run, which "creeps" under the connectors or lug screws so it gets loose over time and can start arcing. A lot of questions here recently about conductors making-and-breaking contact (so losing some power but not all locations in the house) and I have seen a lot of arcing and some fires from main aluminum conductors not being checked for secure connection every 5-10 years or so. Probably about 10-15 minutes more work but good peace of mind for the possibly $25-40 extra cost. He should also tell you if it turns out that your breakers/breaker box are among those that have been recalled or are known sources of problems - there are some older makes/models that are turning out to be quite dangerous.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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