I have two electric meters mounted on the exterior of my duplex. I am
looking to improve the landscaping along that area of the house and am
considering placing a 6 foot tall lattice fence in front of the meters to
conceal them along with the wiring. The fence would be hinged so that the
power company would have easy access to read the meter. Is there a minimum
distance I have to be from the meter or other clearance issues that I need
to be aware of? I will be calling the power co in the morning, but am
looking for any input here or other suggestions to help hide the meters.
Putting a fence (or anything else) too close to the meter will start
an electrical fire. Call the Fire Department for the required
distance. It's probably around 6 feet, which means never put anything
within 6 feet of the meter.
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You must allow enough clearance in front of the meter for
access and as a work space. Here in my jurisdiction, it is
36", but they have let me get by with 24" when circumstances
And the meter will not set fire to anything, and despite what
you have seen on Startrek, computers do not blow up.
Your local serving utility will have a say in the clearence and so will the
local building department. The NEC would only require 3 feet.
One of the serving utilities we have would allow you to install a hinged
gate 12 inches in front of the meter. As long as there the side clearences
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