Installing an electric meter on a house is not an easy task, but with some know-how and the right tools, it can be done.
The following blog post will walk you through the process of installing an electric meter in your home. It is important to note that this installation should be done by a licensed and qualified professional.
Following apparatus is required before installation :
1) Supply cable
2) Wire cutter and stripper
3) Electrician’s knife (optional)
5) Mains insulated wire brushes
6) Wrench or spanner for disconnecting the mains supply to the meter faces.
7) A professional electrician.
Steps to install electric meter on house
To begin the installation of the electric meter, disconnect the mains supply to your house and double-check that you have done this before continuing.
Once you are sure that the supply is off, unscrew all faceplates on each main fuse box in your house and remove them completely. This will allow access to the backside of the fuse box.
On the back of each fuse box, there will be a small black connector (called a lambda wiring block) for each supply cable entering the house. Make note of what color this is, as you will need it later on in the installation process, and disconnect them all from your fuse boxes by unscrewing them and remove them completely.
On the backside of your fuse box, there will be a circuit breaker labeled as ‘supply to meter’ or similar – locate this. You need to remove the locking screw on top that is keeping it in place by unscrewing it and remove the entire cover from the fuse box (make sure you are wearing insulated gloves for this step)
Inside the fuse box, there will be a single set of wires running from the circuit breaker to a small red connector. This is your mains supply cable – remove this by loosening it as much as you can and then pulling it out completely.
Keep these cables labeled or numbered as you will need them later on in the installation process
You should now have label wires for your supply cable, your earthing cable, and your neutral wire. These are all very different strands of wires – make sure that each one is labeled accordingly!
Now find an available fuse box that is next to several cables that are running into your house. This should be a fuse box that can be easily accessed and is located in an area away from any water pipes.
In the event of an emergency, make sure you have easy access to this fuse box and it is not hidden behind cupboards or under floorboards!
Using your electrician’s knife (or wire cutters) cut a small hole in the top of your fuse box. Make sure that this is away from any water pipes or cables running into your home!
Now take the three wires (i.e supply, earthing and neutral) and run them through the hole you have just created. Take care not to damage the wires in any way during this process.
Pull them through to the inside of your fuse box and then label each wire according to its purpose/location on your house. For example, “supply” will be for your supply cable or main feed cable into the house from the meter, etc.
Take time to ensure that you have labeled correctly – these are very important cables and their order must be intact if you want your electric meter working properly!
Now we need to connect our new wires onto our existing circuit breaker. To do so, first, remove all existing connections by loosening them until they are easy to pull off completely. Then strip back one end of each wire about 1 cm using a wire stripper (or just bend back the wire and then pull off). Then take your new wires (i.e supply, earthing and neutral) and connect them up on top of your circuit breaker. Once all connections are in place – tighten everything with a spanner or wrench until it is secure and cannot move or fall out under any circumstances.
Now that you have installed wiring to your fuse box, we need to ensure that each cable is adequately protected from water or moisture entering the house. You can do this by using special silicone dressing for cables that you may find at your local DIY store – alternatively, you could use electrical tape if necessary! Just make sure whatever solution you use will not cause electric shock or short out when wet due to potential contact with water.
Now that your cables are protected and secured, you now need to connect the other end of your earthing cable (i.e the live/neutral wire) to a proper ground rod or negative terminal to protect yourself against electric shock. Use a multimeter (or similar tool) to test the continuity of your ground – if there is no indication on the voltmeter then there is no power being sent from this point into your house!
To do this, simply loosen the screws or bolts holding down the current earth terminal using an appropriate spanner or wrench and then replace it with the new one you have purchased. Do not forget how important it is for these terminals to be earthed properly – if not, you could suffer from a nasty electric shock in the future!
Now that your new earthing terminal is connected to the earth via your earthing cable (live/neutral wire), we need to ensure that outlets and any other electrical points inside your house are also earthed. This can easily be done by using a screwdriver or similar tool to poke a hole right next to the 3-pin wall outlet. Then run the end of your supply cable through this hole before securing it with appropriate screws. Keep each cable well away from water or moisture during this process – remember even if these cables aren’t visible they are still very important!
Now it’s time for testing! Using either a multimeter or your wiring tester, test each connection in turn (i.e supply, neutral and earthing) while ensuring that you are earthed yourself using a ground rod, etc. If all is well, then it’s time to connect the fuse box up to the main power cable/service feed from your electricity company – but do so only after making sure that there is no current running through any of these cables!
It’s now time to connect your new fuse box with the main service feed cable. To do this simply loosen off the screws/bolts holding down your existing fuse wire (usually red) and pull it out completely before replacing it with the new one supplied by us. After doing this ensure you tighten everything down with an appropriate tool to ensure a solid and secure connection!
Now that your new fuse plug is connected, connect the other end of your supply cable (that runs through your walls) to this point. Ensure you use appropriate screws or bolts to keep everything in place and then test your connections using either a multimeter or wiring tester – if all is well then congratulations, you have successfully installed a new circuit breaker! If not, please get in touch with us so we can assist further.
Thanks for following our guide on how to install a circuit breaker or fuse box.
Benefits of installing Electric meter on house
• Keep track of your electric consumption.
• Cut down on time spent at the electric company’s office.
• Find out how much electricity is being used in each area of your house.
• Save money by taking care of things like cutting back on AC use and adding solar panels.
Can I install an electric meter?
This is difficult to answer without additional context, but yes electric meters can be installed. If the question is about an installation by a third party, there might be certain types of electrical installations that they would need to be licensed for.
Where should I put my electric meter?
Outdoor locations that are exposed to the weather are less prone to power disruptions from storms, insects, and animals. Placing the meter in an area like basement or garage, where it is least likely to be exposed to such events will not have as much negative impact on the utility, which can then pass these savings onto you.
How do you secure an electric meter box?
Secure the meter box to the floor with screws and cement. Or, you can drill a second hole in one of the sides or bottoms of the meter box and put another screw in to secure it.