I need to replace a window that is right next to the power meter for my
house. The meter is about 18 to 24" away from the window.
Is there something that I need to make sure of before removing the window or
cutting into the siding? Is the meter mounted on something that would
otherwise prevent me from cutting the siding? Should I contact the power
company before doing this in the off chance I hit the cables? Or, is this
no big deal and I can effectively treat the meter like I would an external
I wasn't sure if the meter was mounted to the plywood sheathing on a plate
or some sort of protective box. I'm also not totally sure how the meter and
the panel are connected. The power lines connect in through the roof
directly above the meter.
I'm assuming that the panel is framed with 2x4's and the window is obviously
(I HOPE!!) framed with 2x4's so everything should be isolated from each
other. It's not like I plan on cutting the plywood sheathing, rather just
the siding, but you never know ... I'd hate to find out something nasty
while holding a circular saw standing on a metal scaffolding.
That far away there should certainly be a full length stud beyond the
window, but if there's any question, investigate before just cutting...
I would expect there to be a full sheet of ply in each corner as the
stress membrane simply cut for the window opening and the meter to be
mounted to it. If I had reason to suspect otherwise, as noted, I'd do
the demolition carefully enough to be sure first.
But, in general, from the description sounds like _should_ be no problem.
Sometimes there may be a metal bracket or strap behind the meter and/or
somewhere on the conduit to hold it to the wall, this may extend out the
sides so that it can be anchored. I would go slow with using a circular saw
blindly on the wall until I was sure what was under that siding. Normally to
remove a window you don't need to do heavy cutting. You remove the casing on
the inside and then cut any nails or screws that anchor it into the frame,
then you take it apart in pieces because there is normally a flange or a
"brick mould" that is fastened to the outside of the sheathing either under
the siding or next to it with nails and/or screws into the frame.
Binoculars?? I would imagine they stood on the porch, but realistically
there isn't a good place for someone to stand and read it. My house is on
some pretty steep sloping land and the meter is about 8 feet in the air.
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