With the damage to the existing service panel, and the sorry condition of the service entrance cable, we decided to install a new service panel, meter box and to use conduit rather than cable for the entrance. The first step was to remove the old service cable and meter box. The cable above the meter came easily, as did the meter box itself. The cable that went through the wall took some more persuasion.
With the old service entrance cable removed, we had to drill a larger hole (2 9/16) with a core bit (obtained just for this project) through three layers of brick. Eventually, we got through into the basement.
With the hole drilled, we were able to install the new meter box, some conduit to get into the house and a conduit body to make the turn.
Next we had to cut a length of conduit to go up to the service head. The PVC cutter made short work of this step.
Once we were inside, we started connecting the news service panel. Since we were planning on using the panel before we got a new hookup from National Grid, I added a lock-out to the main breaker to prevent accidentally energizing the new service entrance from the inside.
Work moved back outdoors, where we brought the four ought aluminum wires into the panel. These wires are about the size of my thumb, and do not want to bend. But with pliers and a heat gun, I was able to get them in and connected.
At the top of the service head, we just had to leave the wires for National Grid to connect once we passed the inspection.but before we could get it inspected, life intervened and we had to deal with some family medical issues, a business trip to Indianapolis and a wonderful wedding for John and Emily.
with the wedding done, we made a foray to Glen to add some railings and fix the from steps for Harry and Diane (Joyce’s parents).
A mid November snow moved work back inside – doing inside walls on Harley Haven – we used a 4″ beadboard, which went up pretty quickly once the insulation and firring strips were up.
The snow melted, we passed the electrical inspection, and National Grid came by to heat the wires for us – just over three months to get back on normal power.
Got after a few projects in Harley Haven – first was to add some brackets that anchored the back porch to the brick part of the house. These used 24″ long, 5/8″ threaded rods bolted through floor joists.
Once we started drilling holes through the brick, we redid some of the wiring – bringing a 1″ conduit into a junction box (and get rid of the wire coming through the window). Likewise, we reran a couple of the high velocity ducts using the new 2 9/16″ core bit we got from the service entrance project.
Along with the wiring in the ceiling, we also dropped down the wall with some switches and gfci outlets to feed the deck outlets. Gave me some practice on bending conduit.