200 Amp Electrical Service Upgrade Riser
By Dave Rongey - Summary:
How an Electrical Service Entrance Pipe is Typically Used for a Panel Upgrade – The rigid conduit should be solid from the weather head down to the electric meter enclosure or main service panel.
Service Entrance Pipe for a Panel Upgrade
- The pipe coming through the roof is 2 in threaded and I would be would using a 2 in rigid coupling a 2 in watertight connector into that then EMT into another 2 in water tight connector to the meter socket hub, or do I have to buy a $40 stick of rigid conduit and a rigid connector or have it threaded to be code.
Background: Peter, a Handyman from Milwaukee WI
Thanks for your home electrical wiring question peter.
How an Electrical Service Entrance Pipe is Typically Used for a Panel Upgrade
Skill Level: Advanced – Licensed Electrical Contractor, Not Recommended for Homeowners.
Tools Required: Electricians pouch of hand tools and the various power tools necessary for the specific service upgrade.
Estimated Time: Depends on the type of panel and available access to the project area.
Precaution: This is an extensive project that should be performed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor.
Notice: Making changes to the Electrical Service Panel should be done with a permit and be inspected.
- Peter, you can check with your locals electrical codes, however the rigid conduit should be solid from the weather head down to the electric meter enclosure or main service panel.
- If a coupling is needed the it should be placed closest to the electric meter equipment which will allow for a solid length or rigid pipe to penetrate the roof for the service mast.
- Yes, rigid conduit is expensive however it offers the best protection.
- Some areas may allow IMC which is less expensive but it is still a solid conduit.
The Following resources will assist you with your electrical service upgrade:
Home Electric Panel
- House Wiring Circuits and Circuit Breakers
- This article looks at common 120 volt and 240 volt house wiring circuits and the circuit breakers that are installed identifying the types and amperage sizes used in most homes.
- Electrical Code for Conduit Fill
- Electrical Code
- Electrical Codes for Services
Wiring Electrical Codes
- Electrical Code Articles
- Electrical Code Directory covering AFCI circuit, electrical-boxes, electrical-circuit, electrical-code-outlets, electrical GFCI, electrical-grounding, electrical-project, electrical-services, electrical-underground, electrical-wiring, electrical-wiring-code, lighting-code, smoke-detectors.
Be Careful and Be Safe - Never Work on Energized Circuits!
Consult your Local Building Department about Permits and Inspections for all projects.
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