Severe electrical burns or death can occur if an electric meter is pulled while under an electrical load.
Removing an electric meter is a job for the utility company or a licensed electrician, since pulling an electric meter while power is applied can be a dangerous operation. There are things that a homeowner can do in preparation for the task. Listed below is the process that will be taken when the meter is pulled, but please leave this job to a professional!
Contact the power utility company to set an appointment. This will concern disconnecting the main power from the overhead transformer and pulling the meter.
Prepare the home for the removal of the electric power. Shut off all appliances and lighting prior to the meter being pulled. You may also need to make plans for items stored in the freezer and refrigerator, depending on the length of time the power will be off. Prepare for alternate power with a standby generator, if needed (see Resources).
Disconnect the high-voltage feed wire to the main transformer. The power company will pull the wire that feeds the step down transformer to the home. This action removes all electrical power.
Cut the thin security tag wire that holds the meter base closed. The utility worker will issue a new tag and number once the meter is replaced back into the base. Every meter has a security tag number paired with the recording device.
Open the meter base box and grasp the meter with two hands. Pull the meter straight back toward you. This action pulls the meter's connection blades from the female socket. The utility worker will inspect the meter socket and knife connection blades for any sign of corrosion or damage. If the meter is old or damaged, it will be replaced.
G.K. Bayne is a freelance writer for various websites, specializing in back-to-basics instructional articles on computers and electrical equipment. Bayne began her writing career in 1975 and studied history at the University of Tennessee.