How to Run Electricity to Your Home

Utility companies have specific rules and regulations when it comes to running electricity into your home.

A voltmeter tells you how many volts of electricity are surging through a power line.A voltmeter tells you how many volts of electricity are surging through a power line.
The fundamental requirements are universal, but each locality has its own way of operating things. Different regions may vary on who purchases the meter base, you or the electric company, for example. Some companies supply the meter base, and some want you to buy one. The cost of bringing electricity into your home is dependent on where the transformer is located in relation to your home. The farther away the power source, the more costly running electricity into your home will be.

Locate the service pole on the outside of your home. You can recognize the service pole by the feeder wires leading from the pole to a weather box near the roof.

Trace the feeder wires from the weather box to the meter location on the outside of your house. When the local utility company came to install the meter, they provided enough wire to run the feeder wire down the side of the house from the weather box. They may have tacked the feeder wire to your house for you. The feeder wire installs at the top of the meter.

Test the OHMs on the feeder wire with a voltmeter. If there are any OHMs registering on the voltmeter, call your utility company and report the reading. Ask the utility company to terminate all electricity from the service pole to the feeder wire. Do not touch the feeder wire if there is an OHM reading. The voltage of the feeder wire is 440 volts, enough to kill you.

Strip the ends of the feeder wire, including the three wires on the inside of the sheath, no more than a one half inch. Inside the sheath there are two hot wires that are black in color and one wire with white tape called the neutral wire.

Insert the feeder wire into the meter box from the top. There is a cable clamp at the top of the meter box. Thread the feeder wire through the cable clamp and into the meter box.

Push the stripped ends of the black wires into the screw terminals on the top of the meter. Use a screwdriver to tighten the screws onto the wires.

Look for a connector in the middle of the meter box. The connector has a screw terminal. Insert the white wire into the screw terminal and tighten the screw with a screwdriver.

Things You Will Need

  • Wire stripper
  • Voltmeter
  • Screwdriver set

Tip

  • Always use a cable clamp to hold power lines in place. A cable clamp secures the wire so that any tension on the line does not disturb the connection to the meter.

Warning

  • Never assume that the electric company shut the power off in an outdoor electrical line. Always check the flow of electricity with a voltmeter.

About the Author

Tammy Bronson has been a freelance writer since 1994. As a writer for Thompson Gale Publishing she wrote autobiographies and legal reviews. With Remilon.com Bronson wrote innovative informative articles about colleges and universities nationwide. She lives in the Greater Boston Area and has a Master of Arts degree in literature and writing from the State University of New York.