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Question DetailsAsked on 5/11/2017

when is it necessary to replace an electrical meter riser

should the riser always be replaced when the meter is replaced or can you only replace the meter?

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No - only if not to code or deteriorated so it is not safe and capable of holding the wires. Here are some similar previous questions with answers FYI:

Actually - I presume you mean here you are replacing the meter base (the box/housing around it) - because unless your meter is AWFULLY old to replace just the meter is usually a two minute job - pop the old meter out (usually after just removing a cam-level retaining ring or with some just twisting it off the mounting lugs or sometimes just pulling it straight out) and putting the new one in. With modern meters (roughly last 30-40 years) generally meter replacement does not involve messing with the housing or riser or wires at all - they are just a twist or pop-in item. And if the meter itself is what needs replacing, assuming you did not damage it - say it is being analog type and being replaced by a digital one - the utility does that at its cost so it can save money on meter reading.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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