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I was just told by my electric company that I need to replace the base pipe at the meter. What kind of cost am I looking at to do this? My power is surging in and out. Unfortunately, I just had a massive basement emergency project that sucked up all my emergency funds so I will have to wait on this electrical work for a bit but I wanted to see what this would probably cost. Thanks!
 

telectrix

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photo would help. if it's conduit around the supply cables, it should be responsibility of the supplier. otherwise get the wire brush out and some hammerite.
 

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Wake up everyone the O.P is from The USA.

Best pic I could find, "Base Pipe" will be the tube on the left protecting the Meter tails to the Consumer unit / MCB Board.

In the U.S all Domestic meters are outside and must be visible / accessible from the front of the property.

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Is this a non-American forum? I’m sorry if it is and didn’t realize it. I am posting some images just in case though.

photo would help. if it's conduit around the supply cables, it should be responsibility of the supplier. otherwise get the wire brush out and some hammerite.
I have no idea. I haven’t seen it yet. I am not an electrician or knowledgeable in this area at all so I wouldn’t want to attempt anything that had to do with electricity without knowing exaxrly what I was doing. I am hoping it’s not a massive job or cost.3D80126C-73A0-47E4-B581-F08D25CB6862.jpegF5BF8592-74C3-4088-B3B5-5F3926EB460B.jpegF7DC2B59-B4AE-4271-A23B-1FBDB04F9750.jpeg3D80126C-73A0-47E4-B581-F08D25CB6862.jpegF5BF8592-74C3-4088-B3B5-5F3926EB460B.jpegF7DC2B59-B4AE-4271-A23B-1FBDB04F9750.jpeg3D80126C-73A0-47E4-B581-F08D25CB6862.jpegF7DC2B59-B4AE-4271-A23B-1FBDB04F9750.jpeg
 

telectrix

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all that needs is a wire brush and a dollop of anti-rust paint. our Royal Navy has ships rustier than that.
 

telectrix

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and it's no sweat, you being American. you do speak some form of English, anyway. :):):)
 

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Here are a couple more pics.
It does look as though the pipe is Rusty, and seen better days, without being privy to the US rules regarding responsibility it's very difficult to comment.
After watching vieos of home owners getting US Electricians to replace these inlets up to the O/H lines, it would appear that it is the home owners responsibly, the cost, I don't know, get some quotes and deports from customers and make your own mind up, seems a fairly straight forward job, half a day $200 plus bits and pieces, tin hat on.
 

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