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Question DetailsAsked on 9/26/2013

how much should it cost to replace the electrical meter riser

a tree fell on electrical power line and bent the riser and must be replaced

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The first question that comes to mind is how old is the meter housing? If it is more than twentyish years old there is a good chance that the wire lugs are rusted and will twist off when you try to replace them. I'm speaking from experience here. So budget for the possibility that you might be replacing the meter housing.

My second question is how long of a run is it from your weatherhead to the main breaker in your electrical panel. Because you should replace all that wire. If someone gives you a price on just replacing the wire from the meter socket on up. Tell them goodbye and have a nice day. You just don't replace half the wire in your main electrical feed. And most likely your AHJ won't allow it.

Answered 7 years ago by Steve0512


Usually, assuming the wires are good (and were not damaged when the conduit bent), typically about $250 to disconnect the wires, replace riser conduit (assuming straight without jogs), reinstall wires. Unless the cable is cracked and deteriorated or visibly weathered, no reason to replace it, though would be a good idea to have the electrician take an especially good look at where the wires enter the weatherhead - they commonly chafe there as the wire swings in the wind, so adding a chafing wrap on each wire there would be a good idea regardless.

However, since in your case the tree fell on the lines and that bent the conduit, you should assume the wires were stretched enough to be damaged, particularly at the weatherhead (where they enter the conduit). Therefore, I would bet the electrician and power company are both going to say the cable needs replacing too, so usually about $750-1000 range depending on how long the run to the power pole is. Bad news - in some city-owned electric utilities and big city utilties back east, they can charge up to $2500 to replace the service feed cable from the transformer to the weather head - some of them really specialize in ripping off the consumer. I have seen 6 man crews with two bucket trucks take 4 hours to do this half hour job for two men and one truck,so you will jsut have to get a few bids - and also find out from electricians bidding it how much they do, and how much the utility - some utilities do to the weather head splices, others do it all the way down the riser to the meter box, some will do the riser too, so maybe best to start with them and find out how far they handle it (and cost), then talk to electricians about the rest of the run.

Answered 7 years ago by LCD

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