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Old 09-20-2016, 11:26 PM   #1
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My cousins wife just posted on her wall on Facebook that their poco requires a second service on detached buildings. I don't know any of their specifics such as load calcs, existing service size, new shop size and demand but to me it sounds like their poco is just trying to make some extra money off them. I can understand if it is needed, like I said before I don't know any specifics. Is this normal?
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Old 09-20-2016, 11:45 PM   #2
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That is very common here in Virginia. What state is this in?
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I think they live in Missouri
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I think they live in Missouri
Haven't worked there but I'd question it and get a code reference of some kind. If the separate meter would incur separate minimum account charges and all then I'd protest.
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This seems really stupid. A separate service for a light in a 1 car garage? What about a shed?
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My cousins wife just posted on her wall on Facebook that their poco requires a second service on detached buildings. I don't know any of their specifics such as load calcs, existing service size, new shop size and demand but to me it sounds like their poco is just trying to make some extra money off them. I can understand if it is needed, like I said before I don't know any specifics. Is this normal?
You want us to speculate why a power company required what they did based on hearsay as well as not knowing any specifics about the project?
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You want us to speculate why a power company required what they did based on hearsay as well as not knowing any specifics about the project?
Why sure. That's how we roll around these parts.....
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You want us to speculate why a power company required what they did based on hearsay as well as not knowing any specifics about the project?
This was more of a what has happened to you in the past type of question.
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I'll do the second service if its more trouble that its worth to trench. Yes there is the extra monthly fee for the second meter.
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I'll do the second service if its more trouble that its worth to trench. Yes there is the extra monthly fee for the second meter.
What if it's an underground service?
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As in too difficult to trench from the house to the garage for instance. Its happened.
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What if it's an underground service?
Not sure what the location of the feeders has in doing a second service or not? I know in locations I've worked the closest source to the garage or outbuilding
may or may not be the most expedient or cost effective way to build a new service or power the remote location.
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Most power companies I've dealt with have NOT encouraged any more than 1 service to a property (LOT, BLOCK, PLAN). They do this for building and fire code reasons. If there is a fire on the property, the fire department expects that the main service switch to a property energizes ALL the circuitry on a property. That way, when de-energized, the fire department need not worry about live circuitry anywhere on that property (LOT, BLOCK, PLAN).
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