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Question DetailsAsked on 10/6/2014

electric meter do not have box ,how do I go about to fix it meter is loose

Electric meter is loose only meter conected to house no box to hold meter

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Either this is really an old meter (held on by lag bolts through its base which are accessible only by taking the glass cover off or popping the meter out of the base ring), this is a temporary meter, or some electrician really took the easy way out. Definitely NOT a DIY job, playing around a live 220V feed.

I would first call you local utility company and explain the situation - they may come tighten it up, replace it at no cost with a new meter with base (particularly if old mechanical meter and they are upgrading to electronic), tell you that you have to have an electrician install a new base nearby and they will then come and move the meter to it (or provide a new electronic meter) and connect the power to it, and your electrician then moves the interior feed over to the new base/master breaker. In I believe a very few areas they may cut the power at the transformer (at your request and schedule) so your electrician can replace the base and they will then reinstall the meter in the new base and reconnect the power, and in a very few areas you have to hire a master electrician to do it all at your expense. Usually they just pop a new meter in, because many older meters are being replaced by electronic, and many old do not fit current bases.

It has been pretty rare that I have seen a power company charge to fix a bad or dangerous meter on a house, though they commonly do on commercial buildings.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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