Electrical Wiring in the Home/Adding a feed to the meter


Hello, here is the setup.  In my house I already have 400 amp service, 2 200amp boxes on the first floor.  We have a walk out basement that is unfinished and has 2 or 3 circuits running off the main breakers.  All of our walls are foam insulated, so I would really prefer to not have to rip open a wall and the insulation to run new wiring into the 2 boxes we have, they are also in a cramped spot.  

So the question I have been trying to get answered, can I run a second feed off the utility meter to a third breaker box in my basement?  I realize the power company has to get involved, etc, but is that setup legitimate.

Robert Wilber
Licensed Philadelphia Electrician
Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765
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There are limitations to the addition of disconnecting means to a service entrance regarding number, location and grouping. The variables are too complex to explicate here.
That being said, you haven't provided sufficient information, so the simple answer is maybe yes, probably not.
Send photos [distance shots] of service entrance, existing panels and proposed location of new equipment. Also include existing load information and proposed additional load per Article 220 of NFPA 70 (National Electrical Code) as adopted by your local “Authority Having Jurisdiction”.
Always check with the local “Authority Having Jurisdiction” for an official interpretation before making installation decisions.
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Robert Wilber


Licensed Philadelphia electrician serving Delaware, Chester, Montgomery and Philadelphia County in Pennsylvania. I install and repair residential, commercial and industrial wiring and lighting. Troubleshooting and repair of problems that stump other people is my favorite. I am willing to help people figure out why things don`t work. I understand motor controls, transformers and machine wiring. I do not teach basics to novices or do free design work.


Experience in the area I have 44 years experience in residential, commercial and industrial electrical construction and repair, 480 volts and below. This is not to be confused with one week repeated two thousand times.

44 years experience in residential, commercial and industrial electrical construction and repair

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