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Saw a memo from XCEL energy that they have removed Eaton lever bypass meter sockets from their approved list and will refuse to install meters in them after March 1, 2014. No details given on the problem.
 

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Saw a memo from XCEL energy that they have removed Eaton lever bypass meter sockets from their approved list and will refuse to install meters in them after March 1, 2014. No details given on the problem.
The problem was some of the spot welds were coming apart and someone nearly got injured from it. They said they're going to be sending out a memo about it. I use Milbank
 

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The problem was some of the spot welds were coming apart and someone nearly got injured from it. They said they're going to be sending out a memo about it. I use Milbank
Possibly, but more than likely the decision makers at Xcel got a kickback from Milbank.
 

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Milbank is common in the Midwest??
No clue, but up north where the weather is below freezing in the winter and sweltering in the summer they hold up very well. Better than Square D which rusts only after a few years.


I would imagine they would work out mid west, just ask the poco first.
 

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No clue, but up north where the weather is below freezing in the winter and sweltering in the summer they hold up very well. Better than Square D which rusts only after a few years.

I would imagine they would work out mid west, just ask the poco first.
That's how it is here in Kansas. Milbank is used everywhere around here. They hold up great.
 

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Possibly, but more than likely the decision makers at Xcel got a kickback from Milbank.
Wrong. Just was at a meeting on Wednesday and they told us about the problem. Supposedly and electrician out west was operating the lever bypass and it came loose resulting in an arc of some kind. Once the problem is corrected, it will probably be approved again. Who uses Eaton sockets anyway? I supposed Lowe's, Menerds, and Home Cheapo sell them.
 

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Yeah, I've never seen any other brand as prevalent as Milbank, other than the older sockets which were Anchor (used to be made in New Hampshire.)
Probably because they are the best, at least not rusting like the others.

However, avoid anyone on of them that use a Zinsco flavored breaker, for obvious reasons.
 

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Milbank is not exclusive to the Northeast.

Plus I have not had a fire since the AFCI's came out.
My point was 9 out of 10 meter sockets in the northeast are Milbank, just happens to be the preferred brand. No issues so far, knock on wood.
 
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