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Santa

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How many feet can you run wire from electric meter?
Concerned about voltage drop. And question might need to be, how many feet of electrical wire can I run from the transformer. I will give the details. Underground transformer is located on 42 acres in CO. Electric meter is located on a pole about 30' from it with 200 amp service.

AIUI, I believe it is 5% that some electricians consider the maximum voltage drop you want to experience and still not cause problems for electrical devices and appliances which may not have them run properly, if at all, and if they do, could still lead to them wearing out prematurely. Have welders, plasma cutter, and air compressor that I'd like to keep for a long time and don't want to make a mistake with the voltage.

For national code standards, does it list what gauge wire for a 200 amp box, and how many feet from meter would you estimate to still keep me under 5% voltage drop, if that is indeed the figure used? A ball park figure would be fine for now.

I want to move my cabin and building to a new location and was hoping for a better site without having to move transformer because that would be even more costly, especially since it's on the steep side of a mountain.
Read on for the advice he got: h ttps://boards.straightdope.c om/sdmb/showthread.php?t=860809
 
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DPG

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DIY
I like this line:
and then cutting back a few strands so the ends will fit in the lugs, will reduce the overall wire resistance and the voltage drop will be less.
 

telectrix

Scouser and Proud.
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ain't them septics heard of reducing lugs?
 

Pete999

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They may level that cosmetic comment at Prince Charles , they think the families quaint .
Getting rather personal static, about our Royal Family.
 

static zap

Regular EF Member
Getting rather personal static, about our Royal Family.
..It's not a beheading offence ( I hope) ?
(I too actually have his affliction - and it's who you are ...)
Just trying to get into politics emulating a Borris / Trup !
 

Pete999

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..It's not a beheading offence ( I hope) ?
(I too actually have his affliction - and it's who you are ...)
Just trying to get into politics emulating a Borris / Trup !
What inbreeding
 

gnuuser

retired Industrial wire monkey
straight dope alright! Id like to know what kind dope those dopes are smokin?
while some of the info is good there are a lot chiming in that should not be there
 

Marvo

Admin and gender confused
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Note that this is in no way an electrician's forum:



Read on for the advice he got: h ttps://boards.straightdope.c om/sdmb/showthread.php?t=860809
In the interest of world peace I've changed the link in your post to one that's not clickable by adding a couple of spaces in it. From past experience crosslinking between forums and debating the merits of their threads can cause animosity and start problems.
 

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