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
- Screwdriver set
- 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.