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Rust inside of old four gang electric meter base

4 Gang Electrical Meter Socket

Dear Mr. Electrician: How does a 4 gang electrical meter socket box get replaced? Answer:  Replacing a 4 gang electrical meter socket is a multi-step process involving homeowners, property managers, the local power utility company, the town building department, and an electrical contractor.  NOTE: Some text links below go to applicable products on Zoro Tools, Amazon, and EBay. I have replaced over two dozen multi-gang electrical meter sockets.  I have also repaired probably the same number by having new covers custom made, and reattaching the meter sockets to the side of the building.  I figured out a way to install new plywood behind without removing the old meter base. I also sanded and painted the old ones using Rust-Oleum Rusty Metal Primer and then Rust-Oleum Professional paint. Below are photos and details from an actual 4 gang electrical meter socket replacement.  Included is a list of tools that were used as well as the materials necessary to complete the job. In the photo above, the bottom of the main cover has holes from rust.  Water was getting inside of the section where the main feeder wires are connected.  The cover was rusting from the inside out. LABOR TO REPLACE A 4 GANG ELECTRICAL METER SOCKET I installed a Siemens 5 gang electrical meter socket to replace the rusted four gang electric meter socket on a residential condominium building.  The electrical service was single phase 120/240 volts with a four hundred amp underground feeder. New 4 gang electrical meter sockets are a vertical stack and would not line up with the existing tenant feed cables.  I had to use a five gang electrical meter socket so that it would line up with the existing wires. For the entire job I figured about 40 man hours of labor which included the permit application, call for a property markdown, making arrangements with the power company to have the electric meter locks removed ahead of time and to disconnect power when needed, labeling of existing tenant load wires, driving two new eight foot ground rods with a new grounding electrode conductor and intersystem bonding termination, pre-cutting and painting of the new meter base back board, advance notification to all of the dwelling unit occupants about the power outage due to the work being done, purchasing materials, installation of the new 5-gang electrical meter socket, removal and disposal of the old multi-gang meter socket, the electrical inspection, and billing the client with an invoice for final payment.   Amazon Sells Multi-Socket Electric Meter Bases When I submit my permit application I include a short one page typed "Scope of Work" statement briefly explaining what work will be done.  This gives the electrical inspector a better idea before hand of what is going on.  If something is not right it is better to find out before work commences. The actual time spent just removing the old 4 gang electrical meter socket and installing the new Siemens 5 gang meter socket base was approximately 3 hours using three experienced electricians.  We generally remove as much from the old 4...