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Installing an Electrical Service Panel with a Meter Pedestal

Can the wires going to the main panel come through the back, up near the top of the meter pedestal and into the bottom of the main panel…

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Installing an Electrical Service Panel with a Meter Pedestal
Background: mike, a Homeowner from Ottawa WI
[ad#block]Question: Hi i am putting a new service in a barn,there is a concrete wall about 50 inches high were the meter pedestal will go, on top of the concrete wall are 2×6 8 feet high walls. First can the wires going to the main panel come through the back, up near the top of the meter pedestal and into the bottom of the main panel (should the main panel be mounted with the main breaker on the bottom) is this acceptable.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question mike.This depends on the exact brand and configuration of panel being considered.

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2 Responses to “Installing an Electrical Service Panel with a Meter Pedestal”
  1. Dave Rongey says:

    Typically with an overhead service the Line enters the Top and the Load exist the Bottom of the electrical meter socket enclosure. You may be able to use LB’s to get the needed configuration.

  2. mike says:

    Thanks for responding its a Square D (line written both ways by the main breaker. I guess the real thing I’m thinking about is can i exit the pedestal above the meter still going out the back but above the meter directly into the panel.