|Our main panel. Wanting to be powered up.|
Our electrical service was installed. But now, due to some misunderstandings and permit issues, we can't get hooked up. I was hoping it was straightforward, when I picked up the permit last week from the Inspections Group. I even had it all scheduled today for the inspector to come by. But he calls to say why is the permit for an underground service? And then why was it issued to someone who isn't a master electrician? I didn't realize you needed a master electrician to "pull the permit" for any service over 100 amps. All I wanted was a simple electrical service at 150 amps so I can have some power for continuing work! Nope. Not only do I need a master electrician to pull the permit, I also need Epcor Power to provide a letter to the permit people stating that 150 amps is available to me! So, I call Epcor. And then I get transfered to "Metering" then transfered again to customer engineering. Only then to get the guy who is away until Jan. 14. I phone and listen more closely, to get the number of his covering person. I call them- and it's 12:15pm- and go directly to "I'm away from my desk..." Lunch time. Sheesh. So, I call the "Inspections Group" to see what they know. So they tell me they made a mistake issuing the permit. And I need a master electrician. And even if I want a 100 amp temporary service, I have to pay a termporary service fee of $177 and change, not to mention pay Epcor to connect the "temporary" service. And that could be hundreds more. Wow. So, I'll stop ranting now.
I was thinking 150 amps would be reasonable, as we are using electric baseboard heating. We are also going to have an induction range/oven. And an HRV. And a PV system. And a basement suite. And power to a future bike garage/workshop. So, better be safe than sorry with 150 amps, right? Sigh.
So, hopefully in 2 weeks, Epcor will send out a crew to check if a 150 amps will be do-able with the existing pole-mounted transformer and capacity for our neighbourhood.
I only wished they would have told me to get this sorted a few weeks ago- or at my building permit stage.
This is where the service comes into the house.
|I need a power meter!|
|Service reaching up to the overhead power line.|