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Multi Unit Building with 4 Electrical Meters

I have a multi-unit building with 4 meters and 4 electrical boxes. One of the boxes is for common areas but it has a breaker which one of the tenants should be paying for….


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Question: I have a multi-unit building with 4 meters and 4 electrical boxes. One of the boxes is for common areas but it has a breaker which one of the tenants should be paying for. I can move the hot wires and breaker to the tenants box easily but I cannot be sure I moved all the white “neutral” return wires. Is it going to cause a problem if the hot wire is on one meter and the neutral is on a different meter/box?

This electrical question came from: Jeff, a Property Manager from Chicago, IL
Additional Comments: Thanks!

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Jeff.

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2 Responses to “Multi Unit Building with 4 Electrical Meters”
  1. CECIL BRAITHWAITE says:

    WHAT IS THE MAIN FEEDER AMPERAGE AND CONDUCTOR SIZES FOR A MULTIPLE BUILDING WITH 4 ELECTRICAL METERS EACH BUILDING A 1OO AMP CAPACITY AT 120/240 VOLTS. IS IT CORRECT TO INSTALL COMBINATION PANELS OR NON COMBINATION PANELS IN EACH BUILDING.

    • Dave Rongey says:

      Hi Cecil,
      Rather then just answering this test question for you, I would prefer to post this for open discussion, this way you will be encouraged to receive a more valuable education rather then just having someone provide you with the answer.

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