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Electricians: How many volts run through this? #7355477
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Anyone know how many volts run through the wire that runs from the outside electric meter box , to the circuit breaker panel ? Got to replace the 2 heavy wires that run from the 2 electric meters , and go into the Basement where the circuit breaker panels are located . The grey rubber coating on both heavy wires has worn off , and need to be replaced.

Re: Electricians: How many volts run through this? [Re: Canvasback2] #7355480
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You need 4/0 service wire.
That gray outer jacket will get rough looking but the insulation on the wires can still be okay, might pay to have it checked by a sparky.

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Re: Electricians: How many volts run through this? [Re: Canvasback2] #7355485
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What size is the main breaker


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Re: Electricians: How many volts run through this? [Re: Canvasback2] #7355488
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You have to do a load calculation on the house and size accordingly. Or you can over size by measuring the exsisting cable (not housing) and buy a size larger. Be sure to buy appropriate type wire. (SE, USE, ETC.)


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Re: Electricians: How many volts run through this? [Re: Canvasback2] #7355500
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There are 2 circuit breaker panels. Each 100 Amps.

Here is a couple of pictures showing the condition of the Service entrance wire( I think that is what it is called. Looks a bit more than rough looking !!

Re: Electricians: How many volts run through this? [Re: Canvasback2] #7355501
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Not to be mean or insulting but if you are asking the question you probably aren't qualified to perform the job. Could burn the place down or worse kill yourself.

Re: Electricians: How many volts run through this? [Re: Canvasback2] #7355504
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Just remove the wires and take a piece to the lektrik wire store.


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Re: Electricians: How many volts run through this? [Re: Canvasback2] #7355507
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Each leg should have 110 volts running through it. I am not sure how many amps it would be.

Why do you have two electric meters? I have two legs that run from my meter to the panel.


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Re: Electricians: How many volts run through this? [Re: Jerry Jr.] #7355508
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Originally Posted by Jerry Jr.
Each leg should have 110 volts running through it. I am not sure how many amps it would be.

Why do you have two electric meters? I have two legs that run from my meter to the panel.


Upper and lower unit.

Re: Electricians: How many volts run through this? [Re: Canvasback2] #7355513
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Re: Electricians: How many volts run through this? [Re: Canvasback2] #7355514
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Re: Electricians: How many volts run through this? [Re: Canvasback2] #7355517
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Re: Electricians: How many volts run through this? [Re: Canvasback2] #7355519
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I am assuming that both wires need to be replaced.

Re: Electricians: How many volts run through this? [Re: Canvasback2] #7355522
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AND they should both be in their own conduit. Who installed those cables?


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Re: Electricians: How many volts run through this? [Re: BigBob] #7355525
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Originally Posted by BigBob
AND they should both be in their own conduit. Who installed those cables?



Each wire runs to a separate electric meter. Top wire is for the upper and bottom wire is for the lower unit.

Re: Electricians: How many volts run through this? [Re: Canvasback2] #7355534
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As an inspector. Get with the local jurisdiction. The inspector that gives the up or down will be the horses mouth you want the information from, I see a lot of wrong internet information that causes people to pay twice. Different jurisdictions have some different rules, some are wildly different above and beyond the NEC, NESC, etc.



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Re: Electricians: How many volts run through this? [Re: Canvasback2] #7355601
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You need more than new wires!!!!! That is a disaster waiting to happen. Plus I'm confused you keep saying upper and lower panel. You got different service for a basement ? Better hang on that's not an easy NOR cheap fix. Wires are breaking down from the sun because THEY AREN'T supposed to be in the sun !!!!

Re: Electricians: How many volts run through this? [Re: SpottedOwl] #7355615
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Originally Posted by SpottedOwl
As an inspector. Get with the local jurisdiction. The inspector that gives the up or down will be the horses mouth you want the information from, I see a lot of wrong internet information that causes people to pay twice. Different jurisdictions have some different rules, some are wildly different above and beyond the NEC, NESC, etc.



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Re: Electricians: How many volts run through this? [Re: Canvasback2] #7355616
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How big are those? Those look like old cloth covered Romex.

Re: Electricians: How many volts run through this? [Re: Canvasback2] #7355618
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240 volts Not that this will help.


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