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Edge
Attractive Electric Meter Box/Base????

I have spent the last hour searching the internet for an electric meter box/base that was not some ugly, gray, square metal box. I found that back in 2001 someone designed what they called the Wattbug, but I can't find any photos and no one seemed to turn that into a commercial product.

So here's my question for everyone. There's got to be an attractive meter box out there somewhere. Where is it and who makes it? :confused:

Inquiring minds want to know!

Joe

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Attractive Electric Meter Box/Base????

In most jurisdictions the meter base either belongs to or is specified by the utility company so you really don't have a choice.
Jack

Edge
Re: Attractive Electric Meter Box/Base????
JLMCDANIEL wrote:

In most jurisdictions the meter base either belongs to or is specified by the utility company so you really don't have a choice.
Jack

While that may be true, if there were an attractive option, one could certainly petition the electric company to add it to its approved base list. I have found several electric utilities with a list of many approved bases. They're just all appallingly ugly! :)

A. Spruce
Re: Attractive Electric Meter Box/Base????

I don't mind the meter so much as the exposed panel. Not quite sure why they insist on putting the important parts of your service out in the middle of God and everyone to have access to. My last house had the panel broken into, even though it was padlocked.

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Attractive Electric Meter Box/Base????

Edge, I think you just have the wrong attitude. Keep saying to yourself "Gray is beautiful, Gray is beautiful", you'll come around.:D
Jack

ed21
Re: Attractive Electric Meter Box/Base????

Fighting the electric company is similar to fighting city hall. The bureaucracy is at least as entrenched.
About the only hope you have is locating the meter somewhere unobtrusive and even that can be a fight.
When the box or pipe begins to rust a bit & you decide to paint it a nice matching grey, you're liable to get a notice about not defacing or altering the equipment under penalty of law.

Ernie_Fergler
Re: Attractive Electric Meter Box/Base????
JLMCDANIEL wrote:

In most jurisdictions the meter base either belongs to or is specified by the utility company so you really don't have a choice.
Jack

Every time I install one of those ugly Grey meter bases it puts food on my table. I think they look pretty darn good....:)

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Attractive Electric Meter Box/Base????
Ernie_Fergler wrote:

Every time I install one of those ugly Grey meter bases it puts food on my table. I think they look pretty darn good....:)

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.:D:D
Jack

Fencepost
Re: Attractive Electric Meter Box/Base????

You ARE allowed to paint them another color, you know. Just not before inspection; the inspector needs to be able to see the markings on the conduit.

The most "attractive" are the recessed ones where the feed conduit is inside the wall.

Another alternative (more practical in a rural area) is to use a pedestal meter next to the transformer, or if overhead, on a pole away from the house. In some cases where you have the meter set away from the house, the utility will use a CT meter, which doesn't need the main wires going through the meter, and therefore the meter can be smaller. The catch is that there needs to be a box in the vicinity for the current transformers which feed the meter.

Ernie_Fergler
Re: Attractive Electric Meter Box/Base????
JLMCDANIEL wrote:

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.:D:D
Jack

My last meter base/service installation was a 400 amp 3/phase commercial setup. Boy did that put the steak & potatoes on the supper plate. :rolleyes:

Vern Smith
Re: Attractive Electric Meter Box/Base????

I'm a meter tech for the local utility. I agree that the service panels are ugly. Check with your local utility to see if they allow decorative enclosures over the meter panel We do. Most meters are now read remotely using radio or other technology, so access is not as important as before.

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