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Question DetailsAsked on 11/15/2016

how much should it cost to replace an electric meter box in beckley, west virginia

I have to replace a damaged electrical meter box in Beckley, WV and I need to know how long it should take the work to be done and

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Here are some prior similar questions with answers FYI -

depending on the service capacity to a small extent, whether the building permit in your area costs a lot or not, whether you can find a box that fits the current meter (unless utility will match that up for free - usually not a big issue but there are a few different that do not intermix), accessibility, and to a greater extent if there is adequate free wiring length for the hookup (since splices in main service feeds are generally illegal).

Given you are in a real low cost area - I would say expect fi everything goes well $500 range rather than the probably more normal $700 range and be happy if it is less - sometimes up to around $1000 if several bad issues come together on the job, which is rare.

Assuming the Electrical contractor gets his act together and comes with everything he needs for the job, probably 2 hours minimum and possibly up to 3-4 if things don't go well. In ideal conditions in and out in an hour. Worst case - he get half way through and realizes he is missing something (though not a lot of pieces for this job) and knocks off and leaves it with power off overnight - so I would schedule it for a weekday before Friday, and early in the morning to leave time for him to go get additional parts if needed. If the meter installation has to be coordinated with the power utility (some require that they take it out and put it back in) pushes normal cost towards $700-1000 and should definitely be scheduled as first job in the day.

Be sure to discuss who is getting building permit (required in almost all areas, utility inspection also commonly required before they will put the meter back in) - works smoother if he is responsible for that too.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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