None of the above. It ends at the input junction at the end of their
wiring. That includes the junction itself and the wiring back to the pole.
The only thing they are responsible for on the customer side of the
junction is the meter itself.
That's how it is where I am located (in New Jersey). It may be different
where the OP is located, and maybe if the OP stated where he/she is located
and/or the electric utility company there, someone else here would know the
answer for his/her location.
GARYWC asked: "Isn't "...The only thing they are responsible for...is the meter itself" the same as "the public utility's
responsibility ends at...the electric meter?".
What he was saying is that customer responsibility extends to
and ends where the wires from their house connect to the
pole/wires above the street. Since the only practical place
for the meter, physically, is on the residential exterior, that
is where meter reads must be done - unless that community
has migrated to wireless drive-by reads.
On 05/10/2016 03:23 PM, email@example.com wrote:
An electrician would have put the conduit and wiring in-place and their
wiring is not the responsibility of the power company.
Unless you see a loose wire dangling in the air...if you have a problem,
an electrician should be called.
When we built our house the electric company set three poles and ran wire
some 200 yards to the last. They then ran an underground drop from the last
pole/transformer to our house where they mounted the meter. I figure all
that is their responsibility.
I had overhead service from a pole on the edge of my yard to the weatherhea
d on my last house.
Having lost the overhead line twice in storms, I asked the electric utility
if they could put it underground.
They said sure, they would install it, but I would pay the cost, which was
pretty steep. So I offered to dig the trench for them and get everything r
eady, all they had to do was connect the wire, they said that would cost do
uble. Something about Contribution In Aid to Construction tax liability.
I gave up.
I have installed several underground service entrances, at my home in the
country, and at my in-laws in the city. In both cases I had to take care of
all the wiring on the property, the power company just made the final
connection and installed the meter.
My home is on rural property out in the country. Our meter is mounted on a
pole out at the road, then a cable runs down to an in-ground junction box.
From there we have separate underground feeds running to the breaker panels
in each of our separate buildings (pumphouse, detached garage, house). It
was our responsibility to dig the trenches, purchase the cable and install
it in the trench, connect the cable to the breaker panel on our end, and
leave enough slack at the junction box for the power company to make the
connection. Once the electrical inspector approved the installation, we
backfilled the trench and the power company came out and made the
The power company supplied the pole at the road, the in-ground junction
boxes, and the transformer/cable that comes overhead across the road. We
had to supply the meter base, conduit to run up and down the pole, the rain
cap at the top, and all wiring on our property.
The installation at my in-laws house was similar except their meter base
mounted to the side of their house. We still had to install the base, dig
the trench, run the cable out to the in-ground transformer, and get it all
inspected. Once we buried the trench, the power company connected the cable
to the transformer and installed the meter.
It's important to note that the power company won't connect the power until
the inspector approves the installation and the breaker panel is covered.
On Tue, 10 May 2016 13:23:07 -0700 (PDT), firstname.lastname@example.org
The new meters are wi-fi reads. They have a hub up on the pole every
block or so and it polls each meter constantly throughout the day. I
can get a report of my usage by the hour on the company web site.
Retired wrote: "In CT, here is how our power co defines
it for overhead service "
That makes the most sense. Although
in some communities customer
ownership does include the overhead
drop extending to the poles & wires.
On Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 4:35:58 PM UTC-4, Retired wrote:
That's interesting. That document states that the customer owns and maintains
the Clevis (House Knob).
In my (non-CT) situation (described in an earlier post) my utility installed
a new house knob for me as part of a disconnect/reconnect so I could repair
my siding. My house knob had been ripped out by an ice-event and they installed
a new one in a more secure location without my even asking. I'm not
complaining, not at all.
On Wed, 11 May 2016 08:30:44 -0700 (PDT), DerbyDad03
Since they are responsible for the drop, it is not unreasonable to
expect that they would want a good thing to anchor it to so they are
not coming back every time the wind blows
They generally go out of their way to be sure the homeowner has no
reason to screw with the service conductors.
On Wed, 11 May 2016 08:30:44 -0700 (PDT), DerbyDad03
Like I said in my last post - it's a case of "CYA" The clevis ( house
knob) or eye-bolt is cheap insurance to be sure the cable will stay up
- and it avoids him having to come back after "someone else" installs
one for him - and it makes him and the utility look good. One case
where "everyone is a winner"
On Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 3:12:31 PM UTC-4, email@example.com wrote:
I agree. He also made it easy for me to replace the siding since I now
had a clear field to work with. It ended up being a much cleaner look
when it was done. If it ever pulls out again, repairing/replacing the
trim will be a lot easier than replacing the siding.
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