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Old 05-04-2020, 09:53 AM   #1
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We have 60amp service to the camp with lines from the 1950s/60s, with a relatively new 60amp meter socket. I'd like to upgrade this to a 200amp service, with 200amp meter socket. Is the first call to the electric company? And if so, does anyone know the cost to do this? I've tried to find rates, but their website is quite cryptic, not to mention doesn't the power company own the lines and the meter anyway?

Just looking to get started with this. Thx in advance.
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Old 05-04-2020, 09:58 AM   #2
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We have 60amp service to the camp with lines from the 1950s/60s, with a relatively new 60amp meter socket. I'd like to upgrade this to a 200amp service, with 200amp meter socket. Is the first call to the electric company? And if so, does anyone know the cost to do this? I've tried to find rates, but their website is quite cryptic, not to mention doesn't the power company own the lines and the meter anyway?

Just looking to get started with this. Thx in advance.
I could be wrong, but I think your first call would be to a New Hampshire Electrician who holds a New Hampshire electrical license.

He (or she) would need to provide you the advice and quotes you need.

Also, any upgrades could only be scheduled in conjunction with your own licensed electrician.
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Old 05-04-2020, 10:28 AM   #3
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A totally fantastic way to stretch your antique 60-amp service is by replacing the electric 30-amp kitchen range with a propane range from Barron's Appliances in Belmont. Barron's can even get that oddball 24" wide propane stove, too.

And, 30-new amps is way more than enough to power up an outdoor hot tub like a Jetsetter, so's for the same money as new electric service you end up with a new propane stove, new electric 120-volt hot tub, and that old reliable 60-amp service.

...... just a thought, here.
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I am a NH Master Electrician. All you need to do is hire an electrician to do the upgrade. The electrician will replace the panel, wiring and meter socket. He (or she) will temporarily connect the output of the old meter socket to the input of the new meter socket. He will then contact the utility to have them come and replace the wire from the pole and install a 200amp meter. The utility can do this without you being there, and you do not need to contact them.

The utility will not be charging you anything for their part of the upgrade. The utility is responsible for the wire coming to from the pole to the place where their wires splice into yours. They also own the meter.
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Had this done years ago. Bear islander hit the nail right on the head. It was the same back then.
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Thank you for the information. Very helpful. I spoke to the electric company and they explained that all their meters are 200amp, so one less thing to worry about. To Bear Islander, ballpark, what am I looking at for this type of project, money wise? Thanks again.
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