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Does anybody know how to remove the meter cover? Do the meters have to be removed? This feeds a duplex townhouse and I do not want to touch the bottom meter. If I touch it, it might also break.. The top breaker is arcing and I do not want to pull on it too much because I am not familiar with this meter stack. An old ITE brand. The breaker is one of those odd 4 pole 125 amp.
 

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Sounds like its
Time for an upgrade if you order now you may see
It before June
That's the problem. It is an al electric house and it is getting cold. I told them to shut off and drain the water. Another thing, it is a duplex and the second meter / disconnect is working. So who pays for the upgrade?
 

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thats why i said what i said....errr typed. pull the meters, get cover off, put neighbors meter back, do rest of ur work. does that no seem possible in ur scenario? i cant say, im not there lol

slay, last one i did like 900 years ago was 1200, lemme look...brb
If I pull the second meter even fir a second, the homeowner will know and I am worried the main disconnect for the second meter won't turn back on. There is heavy arcing on the top meter. It could be the breaker or the buss bar. IDK. yet.
 

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omg no chit sherlock. so then you need to make nice and communicate as needed and make it happen. unless u have a magic wand here, u gotta do it bruh. time to get off the training wheels and plan ahead and or do whats needed to get the job done.
I know what I have to do but the two homeowners have to work it out. The second one does not want me touching their meter or disconnect. If I break it I have to fix it they said.
 

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youre in a pickle, no doubt, but youre IN IT. so now all that matters is how u GET OUT.consider this learning experience for what it is on the next job and next job and etc.
It's for a past customer who gave me a decent amount of work at his business. I am up all night worrying about this and I think I might pass it to the electrician who does the condo complex. He might have run into a similar issue at other condos. I would have no problem if the materials were available but I feel they are not. If we have to wait 8 weeks for a simple meter pan, I can only assume as someone said , " order now for a June delivery date".
 

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One building with 2 separate owners. It is very common to have a duplex meter/disconnect on the one building. The load side of the meter has the problem so with the meter removed and the opening blanked up there is no electricity going to the problem area of the equipment. The supply house just happened to have exactly what I need to replace the whole stack and tap box which they agreed is the way to go. Now I have to see if it fits in the location. Once I explained to the owner what the issues are we are all on the same page. Now for the power company. For now the one side was winterized and the people are staying with friends.
Thanks to all for the input. I was worried about materials and timing the most.
 

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How ignorant or stupid can people be? Apparently very much. I went to replace the duplex meter stack today but when the second homeowner saw the size of the new equipment she said no. She did not want "that ugly big box" on the back of the house. It is located on the wall between the two dwelling units. They built decks and fences in front of the equipment. She complained to the HOA and people came out to see what is going on. It is now 10:30 and the woman with no electricity is in tears. It wasn't until the HOA secretary called and said 4 other units in the complex had problems and one went on fire. The HOA knows that eventually all will need to be replaced so there is potentially a lot of work. I finally got permission to open up the equipment and it was the 125 amp breaker that was cooked. Everything else looked fine. I replaced it with a 100 amp breaker and now I am waiting for the two homeowners to work things out. Crazy people are holding the sane ones hostage.
 
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