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Old March 6th, 2008, 12:30 PM   #1
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This sucks because I grew up doing electrical work but this one will need power company inspection, so I have to pay someone ... DOH!

We just bought a double-wide in Holland ... kyuck-kyuck ... It has a 100A service on the pole. I want to upgrade the service to 200A (JUST the triplex, meter base and disconnect). I need a disco with dual 100A 2-pole breakers. One 100A will run to the existing 100A house line. The other just need the breaker there and when the ground thaws I'll trench in a line to the pole barn and throw in a 100A sub panel.

Any MI licensed electricians here that can give me a good price on this?
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why not just pull a homeowners permit?
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Does MI allow homeowner's to redo their electrical service? Most states require a licensed electrician to do the service.
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You can pull your own permit as long as you live in the house.


It will then be inspected, so be sure you do everything by code.
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yes a homeowner can pull and do there own electric if you need help pm me i am an electrician
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you sign whats called a homeowners affidavit basically says if anything goes wrong its on you.
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You can pull your own permit as long as you live in the house.


It will then be inspected, so be sure you do everything by code.
With a name like Square-D ... you would know!

Any specific odd-ball codes I need to be aware of to upgrade the service? Also, I will need someone with a crimping tool and bucket truck (or extension ladders) to do the triplex from the power co. pole to the service pole.

The plan is to put in a new meterbase, weatherproof hub, open service entry cable to a service head to splice to the triplex. Nipple down to the disco and hook the house into one 100A and let the other empty for now. Seem within code?
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With the economy and lack of building problems right now in michigan, you should be able to find a CHEAP and QUALITY electrician. Theres a ton of people begging for work right now.

If you decide to have it done, I have a great guy who will do it for a good price.
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I have a friend that is a licensed electrician in Holland. I've used him for some commercial jobs, but his specialty is residential. He's good and from what I've seen with others in the area, very reasonably priced. Plus he's a hell of a nice guy.

Do a google search for M3 Electric in Holland. His name is Matt. Not that it will matter but you can tell him Paul passed along his name.

I just installed (not hired out) a new 200 amp service panel in my parents house and it was a pain getting it approved. I had it inspected 3 times and the inspector came up with rediculus issues to tag me on. Did you know you need two ground rods spaced no closer than 6' apart? Did you know the ground connection between the panel and the two ground rods has to be continuous? I didn't either. I even went over the requirements and the plans with the inspector before I started.

If you're in Holland Township, Holland proper, or Park Township I suggest you hire it out. If you're in Port Sheldon or Olive Township you're probably ok.

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power company does the triplex from pole to meter socket(service pole).After inspection has been approved. What power company do you have? If its Consumers Energy I can fax you some info.
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power company does the triplex from pole to meter socket(service pole).After inspection has been approved. What power company do you have? If its Consumers Energy I can fax you some info.
Yes, Consumer's Energy

... and I'm in Olive Twp.
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Might not hurt to call Matt anyway. He's been very reasonable with me.
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I doubt that you will get the power company to come out and replace the drop unless its deemed unsafe. Most times you will see 200 amps worth of wire on your side tied to a #8 or #6 aluminum from dte. Doesn't make much difference what you have their transformers and drops will only supply a certain amount of current. Say they have a 50kva trash can on the pole, its only going to supply a total of about 200 amps to the entire secondary circuit.

Like stated above, you don't replace the drop on your own, thats the utilities equipment, your only responsible for the wire up to the service drop, and usually the split bolts if you do your own service.

Someone correct me if im misinformed.
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zook< jeep My recomendo is to call your township elect inspector or the township building services thay will get you on the right track and if your service is ? call Consumers Energy @ 1-800-477-5050 for any concerns on the transformer or service drop.
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