You will need the utility to be more involved. You will also be
replacing the wires from the meter base to the service point (where
the drop connects to the house) and they will have to cut their crimps
off there. That is not a DIY job. Then they will crimp your new wires
onto the drop when you are done.
In addition to fun with live unfused high capacity service wires and
forgetting to replace the wires from meter to service point HeyBub
forgets that the wires from the meter to the panel must be replaced - he
would run the 200A service panel on wires rated 100?60?A. If the wires
from the service point to the meter to the panel are in pipe that most
likely has to be replaced. Then there is the meter base - rated for
200A? Grounding electrode conductor the right size? Proper grounding
Services have a lot of unique requirements. It can certainly be a
do-it-yourself project, but only for someone who has a lot of previous
experience and has done some reading on services. That doesn't include
Smile, does it help to explain Mom's 78 and not really up to that sort of
shennanigans? We already told her we'd come down and kick her bootie if we
find her climbing ladders to paint the place. Her return volley was she has
pillows ready for her nether regions ;-)
Mom's a pip but this one gets contracted.
Since the sole reason for upgrading to a 200 amp service is to feed an
electric heat system why can't you do the following:
- Replace the meter base to handle 200 amps, if it won't already.
- Install a 200 amp entrance panel and ground it. ($350 material)
- Convert the existing entrance panel to a sub-panel, unground it, and
feed it from the 200 amp panel. ($30 for a sub-panel feed breaker)
- place a breaker adequate to feed the heating system in the new
entrance panel. (<$30 material)
Labor shouldn't exceed a morning's work.
The wiring required will be minimal. A feed from the new entrance panel
to the (existing) subpanel. A feed to the electric heater.
Snipped but saved!
Mom and I lack the experience with working with electrical items. Was
looking to space heat rooms at need and in worst of winter, use a little
propane to suppliment but really only keep 3 rooms warm. Bedroom, living
Darn, I really need to take a class on electrical stuff. At the best i can
say I know what I do not know. Fair enough?
You do know electricity is going up. Id suggest before spending many
thousands you research comparitive costs of different fuels by BTU and
the benefit of upgrading what you have to a higher efficency unit, you
might just loose with electric when you figure in all the costs. Have
you even upgraded insulation yet.
Yes and I'm telling her if she gets the plce to consider a pellet stove.
Site has not been surveyed yet. Asked only the obvious 'waht would the amp
upgrade see to be' for now.
Gonna be a bit before she gets over there.
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