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Post by Jackwad on Mon 11 Apr 2016 - 10:16

OK let see pics of your meter stands.

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Post by Guest on Mon 11 Apr 2016 - 12:04

I've made maybe 4 meter stands. They were all for signs at shopping malls. It was too far to trench power from the mall so they had us setup a new service right there by the sign. I was an employee at the time, this was way back. I always used rigid pipe as the stanchions, buried right into the concrete.

IMO, you should have your guys either use 2 or 3 washers, or use 3/8" hardware like they are supposed to. This way you don't see all those horribly bend washers that you see when using 1/4" hardware and the thin washers that go with it.

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Post by Electricista on Mon 11 Apr 2016 - 12:28

You are too anal retentive if that bothers you... What about the missing strap and the crooking looking pvc. May be an illusion but it seems off.
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Post by Guest on Mon 11 Apr 2016 - 13:31

Electricista wrote:You are too anal retentive if that bothers you...  What about the missing strap and the crooking looking pvc.  May be an illusion but it seems off.

I'm just trying to help him teach his guys to do better work.


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Post by Voltron on Mon 11 Apr 2016 - 19:59

JW, that meter stand is just fine for your first one. Don't worry about those other guys.
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Post by Jackwad on Tue 12 Apr 2016 - 8:16

Is this one a bit better?


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Post by Jackwad on Tue 12 Apr 2016 - 8:17

I thought it was swell.

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Post by Guest on Tue 12 Apr 2016 - 8:36

You posted that one already.

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Post by Jackwad on Tue 12 Apr 2016 - 9:24

And I changed the bolts out in the other one.

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Post by Voltron on Tue 12 Apr 2016 - 9:46

Jackwad wrote:And I changed the bolts out in the other one.

Did you use 3/8 and square washers?
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Post by going_commando on Wed 13 Apr 2016 - 5:59

Why not use a rigid nipple between the meter socket and panel or make one out of pvc? That EMT setup looks kinda goofy. The PVC coming up from underground is definitely crooked too.

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Post by Guest on Wed 13 Apr 2016 - 6:25

going_commando wrote:Why not use a rigid nipple between the meter socket and panel or make one out of pvc? That EMT setup looks kinda goofy. The PVC coming up from underground is definitely crooked too.

I don't know why people use metal raceways between the meter and disco/panel. It's more expensive and requires bonding. Just use PVC.

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Post by Jackwad on Wed 13 Apr 2016 - 8:37

EMT is still king around here. Why stock a bunch of rigid nipples when you can make any size you want from EMT?
Most guys do use PVC from the socket in nowdays. I still like EMT though because I can bend an offset at the meter socket then use 2 holes. For instance on a 100 amp service I use 1 inch EMT and all the vans have a 1 inch bender.
By the way, the next guy that says that PVC riser is crooked is getting banned.

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Post by Guest on Wed 13 Apr 2016 - 13:07

Jackwad wrote:EMT is still king around here. Why stock a bunch of rigid nipples when you can make any size you want from EMT?
Agreed. I see people doing that and wonder why. There's is no benefit of rigid. PVC is so much easier.

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Post by Jackwad on Wed 13 Apr 2016 - 19:35

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Jackwad wrote:EMT is still king around here. Why stock a bunch of rigid nipples when you can make any size you want from EMT?
 Agreed.  I see people doing that and wonder why.  There's is no benefit of rigid.  PVC is so much easier.

Umm.. Pretty sure I said EMT. PVC is for hacks.

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Post by Guest on Wed 13 Apr 2016 - 22:23

Jackwad wrote:
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Jackwad wrote:EMT is still king around here. Why stock a bunch of rigid nipples when you can make any size you want from EMT?
 Agreed.  I see people doing that and wonder why.  There's is no benefit of rigid.  PVC is so much easier.

Umm.. Pretty sure I said EMT. PVC is for hacks.

I agreed with you that rigid is silly.

For some reason, in your small world you use EMT for services. It's silly as well, but better than rigid.

PVC is best, it's what the pro's use.

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Post by Jackwad on Thu 14 Apr 2016 - 8:49

Another one for you to pick apart. I will guarantee you those conduits are straight so it must be the angle.


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Post by Jackwad on Thu 14 Apr 2016 - 8:51

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Jackwad wrote:EMT is still king around here. Why stock a bunch of rigid nipples when you can make any size you want from EMT?
 Agreed.  I see people doing that and wonder why.  There's is no benefit of rigid.  PVC is so much easier.


The reason for EMT is because it is bendable and waay stronger.

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Post by Guest on Thu 14 Apr 2016 - 16:58

Jackwad wrote:
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Jackwad wrote:EMT is still king around here. Why stock a bunch of rigid nipples when you can make any size you want from EMT?
 Agreed.  I see people doing that and wonder why.  There's is no benefit of rigid.  PVC is so much easier.


The reason for EMT is because it is bendable and waay stronger.

What do you need so much strength for? The only time I ever see broken PVC is in the ground or the stub coming out of the ground. I've never seen broken PVC in an overhead service riser or service entrance raceway.

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Post by Dinkus on Thu 14 Apr 2016 - 21:15

I just hate how PVC develops that white powdery shit after being in the sun for a few years. Other than that, PVC is great.

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