How To Wire an Electric Meter

Connect the Feeder Wires

The utility company brings wires overhead to connect to electrical service via your feeder wires. These wires come in through your service pole via the weather head. The wires connect to the top side of the meter called the line side. There are two hot wires that are generally left black in color. The third wire is the neutral wire that is generally marked with white tape.

The two connection terminals on the top of the meter on the outside is where the hot wires will connect. If you look, it is where the meter will also connect. The connection terminal in the center is where the neutral will connect. Strip the wires and insert them into the terminal. Tighten the screws until they are tight and tug on the wires to be sure that the connection is tight.

Wiring the Load Side of an Electric Meter

Connect the two hot wires on the bottom two terminals of the meter. These will be directly below the two hot line connections. Strip the wires and insert them into the terminal. Tighten the screws until they are tight and tug on the wires to be sure that the connection is tight.

Connecting an Electric Meter Ground Wire

Install a connector and a piece of pipe from the meter to the ground to protect the electric meter ground wire. Install a ground wire and connect the wire to the neutral ground terminal in the center of the meter, next to the neutral connect. In residential installations, the neutral and ground are a common connection called a neutral/ground connection. The other end of the ground wire attaches to a ground rod and is attached with a ground lug.

Connecting the Electric Meter Neutral Wire

The wire marked with the white tape is the neutral wire and it is attached to the neutral lug terminal. The terminal is located directly in the center of the meter between the two hot wires. Strip the wire and insert it into the lug. Tighten the lug screw with a screw driver and tighten snugly. Tug on the wire to be sure that it is tight. Be sure to mark this wire with white tape.

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