To do what you are describing, you need to kill the power completely, and
pulling the meter isn't sufficient. The meter pan is screwed to the existing
siding and the box must be opened to remove the screws. If you just try to
pry the box off, those screws may contact the live jaws inside. The service
needs to be disconnected at the drop,(overhead wires). Permits,
electricians, utility companies, meter seals and the like all has to do with
what you know and where you live... just be safe
Don't cut the seal yourself. You can be held liable in court if theft
is suspected. What I suggest is that you stop and talk with one of the
crews on the local electrical trucks when you see one in your area.
Tell them what you're wanting to do and ask if they will disconnect it
for you temporarly and then connect it back. In my area they will do
this at no cost...but make sure you start the work in the morning
because if you don't have it finished by the time they get off work
you'll be without power till the next day. IF they agree to do this for
you, you won't need a permit. Before I get a million replys that
someone doesn't believe this or it might be illegal, that's the way it
goes here. Of course, if you didn't talk or act like you know what you
were doing once they disconnect the power, they would probably be
hesistent to do that for you. Know for sure and act like you do when
you talk with the electrical crew and I'd bet they would help you out.
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