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Old 11-22-2019, 12:57 PM   #1
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As I understand it you cannot have wire from the meter to the panel longer than a few feet inside unless there is an outside disconnect on the meter.
are these disconnects expensive for a 200A panel?
our electrician is saying there's a model built into the meter box but it's expensive like $1000.
I cant seem to find them in Canada. The ones I find in US are only 100bucks or so.
Also does the wire to the panel have to be in pipe inside?
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As I understand it you cannot have wire from the meter to the panel longer than a few feet inside unless there is an outside disconnect on the meter.
are these disconnects expensive for a 200A panel?
our electrician is saying there's a model built into the meter box but it's expensive like $1000.
I cant seem to find them in Canada. The ones I find in US are only 100bucks or so.
Also does the wire to the panel have to be in pipe inside?
If you're not happy with the electrician you have, you're free to call another one to see what he says.

You don't give your location, but if Ontario, make sure he has an ESA contractor license.

(if he drives a civic, he probably doesn't)
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I'm asking what the options are for a combo meter so I can place the panel whatever I want.
They seem cheap in US but expensive in Canada.
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I am the owner
I'm asking what the options are for a combo meter so we can locate the panel whatever we want instead of immediately on the opposite side of the service entrance. They seem cheap in US but expensive in Canada, like $1000 plus.
Isn't there a cheap external disconnect that can be used?
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I'm asking what the options are for a combo meter so I can place the panel whatever I want.
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Isn't there a cheap external disconnect that can be used?
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They don't have a CEC forum on that chatroom unfortunately.
Just asking for a bit of advice!
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If he is the home owner how did he join back in Oct 2018?
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I'd say, judging on my experience, that your electrician is pretty spot on for the price. As has already been said, if you dont like your electrician you can always find another one. Although probably still gonna be around a grand for the meter/main combo.
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Why so expensive in Canada? They're like $200 in the US.
Is there another option like a separate external disconnect and then connect to a 200 sub panel inside?
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As I understand it you cannot have wire from the meter to the panel longer than a few feet inside unless there is an outside disconnect on the meter.
are these disconnects expensive for a 200A panel?
our electrician is saying there's a model built into the meter box but it's expensive like $1000.
I cant seem to find them in Canada. The ones I find in US are only 100bucks or so.
Also does the wire to the panel have to be in pipe inside?
There is no way that you are finding meter mains @200 amps for $100 or so.... Secondly, I am not sure if the electrician was quoting a price to install it or the price of the unit.

As others have said call another electrician if this guy seems high. You can also have a meter with a disconnect next to it then feed the inside panel.

I am closing this thread as you got all the info we can give you.
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