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    Default Service equipment or not?

    So, I just inspected a rural property. The electrical panel that I would have designated "service equipment" was located adjacent to the driveway. Meter and main disconnect. Neutral/ground are bonded together.

    The next panel in the series is in the garage. This also had a disconnect and the neutral/grounds are bonded together. I believe this is incorrect, but wanted to make sure. If I understand it, you can only have one service equipment.

    This was a very special property It had an "ace maker", a "suer pump", a "landry" and a "bedroon". Don't find many of those, that's for sure.

    Amazing.

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    Default Re: Service equipment or not?

    The way I understand your description, the garage panel is wrong by having the bond strap installed and the neutrals and grouding conductors mixed on the buss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Port View Post
    The way I understand your description, the garage panel is wrong by having the bond strap installed and the neutrals and grouding conductors mixed on the buss.
    I agree with Jim, it is also wrong based on the photos, looks like there is a separate grounding wire in with the feeder conductors.

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    Jim & Jerry,

    Thanks. There is a 4-wire feed from the service equipment and a ufer. But, that would be acceptable, right. It's the neutral/ground that is the problem.

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    The 4 wire feeder would be correct. The grounds not isolated from the neutrals and the case bonding are the problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gunnar Alquist View Post
    Jim & Jerry,

    Thanks. There is a 4-wire feed from the service equipment and a ufer. But, that would be acceptable, right. It's the neutral/ground that is the problem.
    And the CEE (ufer) needs to end up terminated on the EGC bus not the neutral bus.


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