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Now...it would be real nice if everyone says, "Oh, they added it for free...because they wanted me to use more of their power!"....but I know that ain't happening ;-)

Considering asking the power company to drop in a pole next to the property with a meter. Then connect a temp panel with plugs.

If you had this done, what did your power company charge?

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I only had to purchase a duel meter socket box and have it installed by a certified electrician. Then I purchased a 200amp panel for the new service. Probably $500. Total plus inspection. Don't know what it will cost you for your area but call the power company and ask what the requirements for new service are? It's a start.

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I only had to purchase a duel meter socket box and have it installed by a certified electrician. Then I purchased a 200amp panel for the new service. Probably $500. Total plus inspection. Don't know what it will cost you for your area but call the power company and ask what the requirements for new service are? It's a start.

Mmmmm, $10,000.00....don't think so :-) Won't be going there if it get that high. I have honestly have heard this being done pretty cheap. I will be calling the EMC about this to see what it would cost...if anything. Wishful thinking I am sure, but it is Christmas time ;-)

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Mmmmm, $10,000.00....don't think so :-) Won't be going there if it get that high. I have honestly have heard this being done pretty cheap. I will be calling the EMC about this to see what it would cost...if anything. Wishful thinking I am sure, but it is Christmas time ;-)

It cost my friend's parents 5 grand just to move a pole! Keep in mind, you still have to add the pole for the meter, add another pole for a transformer, pay for the transformer, meter, panel, gfi's permits, labour, inspections, the list rambles on and on.
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Why drop a new pole? I can tell you right now that the power company will charge you for everything if you add a second service to the property. I am assuming that you have overhead power line to your house now? Why not just upgrade your power to 400amp. You would install a new 200amp panel with a new 2" PVC pipe to your existing meter box or a cut-off box depending on the distance. The power company usually provides the meter box and will provide the wire from your weather head (doohickey on top of the pipe that has the wires coming out of it) to the power transformer. However you still need to contact the power company and an electrician (unless you KNOW what your doing, you can do it yourself as a homeowner (depends on your local code).

Jeremy Brown
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I would agree with Jeremy Check on upgrading your present service to 400 amp also check normally the service is 100 amp or 200 amp at 220v for our use this will

Give you 200 amp 110 v or 400 amp 110 v. Follow the zig zag bar down and attach to each buss. Then tell your wife no heat or cooking or laundry between 5 and 10 all of December ;-).

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Last time my electrician came out i asked him and he said "has power company ever done anything?" So i say no and he smirked So basically i think that was a BIG NO! I have heard though that you have to prove that you need the extra power and it has to be mandatory and i dont think christmas lights falls under i need more power. Power company here do anything to get out of doing anything but let that meter shoot off the wall and they be there in two seconds! lol I called once and asked and nobody could give me a answer So who really knows I know some here have them but I have hard enough time for them to come out and mark where the line even is! Good luck hope they will do for free. For what we pay for power they should be kissing our butts and calling it jelly beans!

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Last year I moved the meter off my house (200amp service) Put up a new 400 amp meter base 10 feet from the transformer (200 amps to house and 200 amps to new shop), I had to pay for new meter base, disconects all mounting and conduit as far as first sweep out of meter base and still had to pay $1555.00 to "help with costs" ( 1 sweep,4 feet 3" conduit, about 15 feet of wire and about 2 hours labor I had to make all conduit cuts for them because their batteries were dead so watch out for "Engineering time")

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