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Old 11-23-2011, 10:29 AM   #1
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Been having a lot of service calls lately for Loss of Power. Turns out, it's because of loose jaws in the meter sockets. I typically take a pair of Channies and squeeze them back together, but sometimes this is only a temporary fix........ six weeks later, I'm back.

I've seen clamps that are used on fuses that tighten the blades onto the fuse ends: Does a similar clip exist for meter jaws? It would have to be mounted above/below the jaw to allow for the meter to be inserted.
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Old 11-23-2011, 10:34 AM   #2
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I've found that the guts from the millbanks they sell at hom depot fit in dominions meter bases. I don't have to swap the whole can.
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My local poco has clips like that but I never seen them for sale
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Time to replace those meter boxes/guts.

Squeezing those jaws back together is only a temporary fix at best. Once the temper is gone, those type of repairs won't last.
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I would schedule to meet the power company out there, and they will normally have parts on their trucks.
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I would schedule to meet the power company out there, and they will normally have parts on their trucks.

Good Idea, but given the age of the socket,probably nut & bolt,so the can has to come off any way.
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an even easier fix is to tell the power company to stop pulling the meters on house when customers dont pay.
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I would schedule to meet the power company out there, and they will normally have parts on their trucks.
Duke stopped supplying meters here years ago. I save the guts out of the old meters we take out for emergency repairs like you do.
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2 polaris vice grips would solve that problem
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I would schedule to meet the power company out there, and they will normally have parts on their trucks.

It's not POCO equipment, so they won't touch them.
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an even easier fix is to tell the power company to stop pulling the meters on house when customers dont pay.

Right. Like I'm gonna tell the POCO how to run their business. What do you think I am..... a union?
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I twist them from the inside with my beater screwdriver forcing the arm back out. Then re-squeeze with Channel locks.

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Permit for disconnect-reconnect. Replace meter can. Easy 12-15 hundred bucks and ...............wait for it..............no call backs or liability!!! Easy one!
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I would do my best to make the repair and if the problem persisted it would have to be replaced. We install a lot of 5-jaw meter pans here because they [POCO] like to measure the neutral current too.
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Metal once deformed; this work is done at the smallest level of the metal structure-level, nothing can be done to correct this!

Once this change has happened, one has changed the properties of the orginial charactertics of the metal.

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I bet you can find a new jaw from a meter socket and use it as a spring over the old jaw to hold it tight.
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Last year I had a job working for our utility replacing meter sockets, and repairing them as they went through and replaced all their meters with the automated reading type. I found alot of different sockets, and diminished my supply of used parts, however one thing the meter manufacturer asked me before I was awarded the project is what would I do if I came to a socket that had loose jaws. I said my first try would be to squeeze them back together, and then replace them if they would not stay together. They told me NEVER to squeeze them back together because their new meters would burn up the connection if the jaws were not the right strength. It has proven to be true, because a year after all the meters were finished, there is alot of meter sockets and new meters burned up. The contractor they hired to actually install the meters, used temp workers to replace the meters, and they squeezed alot of the jaws together.
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Last year I had a job working for our utility replacing meter sockets, and repairing them as they went through and replaced all their meters with the automated reading type. I found alot of different sockets, and diminished my supply of used parts, however one thing the meter manufacturer asked me before I was awarded the project is what would I do if I came to a socket that had loose jaws. I said my first try would be to squeeze them back together, and then replace them if they would not stay together. They told me NEVER to squeeze them back together because their new meters would burn up the connection if the jaws were not the right strength. It has proven to be true, because a year after all the meters were finished, there is alot of meter sockets and new meters burned up. The contractor they hired to actually install the meters, used temp workers to replace the meters, and they squeezed alot of the jaws together.
Good to know inormation. Thanks.
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