The Process of an Electrical Service Upgrade

By Dave Rongey - Summary:

Planning for a Home Electrical Service Upgrade: The Basic Procedure for the Electrical Service Upgrade, The Electricians Task of a Home Electrical Service Upgrade.

Upgrading a Home Electrical Service Panel

Electrical Question: I am having my electrical service upgraded, including a new service riser pipe, meter box, and wiring from the meter to the inside as the old wiring is very frayed.

I’m just trying to understand who’s responsible for which parts of this project. Thanks!
This electrical wiring question came from Oleg, in Oak Park, Michigan.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Oleg.

The Basic Procedure for the Electrical Service Upgrade


Application: Upgrading an Electrical Panel
Skill Level: Advanced – Best performed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor, Not Recommended for Homeowners.
Tools Required: Electricians pouch of hand tools and the various power tools necessary for the electric panel upgrade.
Estimated Time: Depends on the exact type of the existing panel or fuse box, the replacement panel to be installed, the original wiring methods that were used for installing the existing wiring, and available access to the project area.
Precaution: This is an extensive project that should be performed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor and typically requires specifications in accordance with the local electric utility company or electric service provider.
Notice: Making any changes to the Home Electrical Panel should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.

The Electricians Task of a Home Electrical Service Upgrade

Planning for a Home Electrical Service Upgrade

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