What is allowed in BC code in regards to altering the route of the city supply within the house before the meter?

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Posted by: from Courtenay
12/22/2018 at 9:11:24 AM

I have a house with a 200A service and it's located in the garage. The cities line comes in overhead into a 3" metal pipe directly above the meter and breaker box. The pipe penetrates the gable end roof and protrudes approx. 6 feet above the roof. When I add a second story, that part of the roof is going to be demolished and an 8' high wall in it's place. I need to re-route the main line from a roof entrance to a nearby wall. The wall the meter is on is on the side of the house 2ft in from the corner and I want to have the main line route come in at the front of the house, coming in through the front wall of the second story. Is it possible to meet code by having the main line come in the wall into a conduit, run horizontally 2' to the corner, then another 2' inside the side wall then straight down to the meter?

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Date/Time12/23/2018 at 4:43:55 AM

The new wall of 2nd floor is where the new service mast will be installed. The code wants the mast to be on the wall. The current setup protrude above the roof because of the height requirement. Since you new wall will be constructed for the 2 nd floor wall the mast can be installed on the wall of the new wall without any bend.

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Doug in Courtenay
Date/Time12/23/2018 at 4:57:34 AM

Does the mast need to be vertical or can I go around the corner (within the walls) to meet the box? Relocating the box would require rewiring the existing house.

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Jhon from Sparky Electric in Toronto
Date/Time12/24/2018 at 9:26:08 AM

I'm not familiar with BC codes (I am in Toronto, ON) but I'm pretty sure that you'll have to ask for a meter locate from your hydro

Also, since your putting a second floor you can run the pipe on the new wall

Hope I could help you, it's very difficult for me to visualize what you want

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Date/Time12/27/2018 at 10:08:43 PM

It is generally the utility that decides where the meter and lines for the service are located. From the meter into the house is the decision of the electrician / homeowner.

As a couple have mentioned before, the service mast will likely stay in the same place. You may want to change it out to PVC, but you could keep the same mast too. Just do not plan to put any windows or balcony within three feet of the mast where the wires come from the pole.


John Kuehnl-Cadwell, CD, ME

Master Electrician

Datawise Solutions Inc

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