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    double lug for meter socket

    I am having a tough time finding the parts to complete a parallel 4/0 service. I ran parallel 4/0 service conductors from utility pole to Milbank 200 amp underground meter socket.(long run) Now I can't seem to get the right lugs to terminate the two 4/0 conductors. The supplier I deal with has tried twice to give me a double lug connector and they are not fitting. I asked about this last week but would appreciate a few more details, I am having a tough time. Is there a special double lug that fits in the meter socket? Do you know who makes it or what does it look like? A don't believe the utility will allow a splice before the meter. Thanks again for the help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKwiring View Post
    I am having a tough time finding the parts to complete a parallel 4/0 service. I ran parallel 4/0 service conductors from utility pole to Milbank 200 amp underground meter socket.(long run) Now I can't seem to get the right lugs to terminate the two 4/0 conductors. The supplier I deal with has tried twice to give me a double lug connector and they are not fitting. I asked about this last week but would appreciate a few more details, I am having a tough time. Is there a special double lug that fits in the meter socket? Do you know who makes it or what does it look like? A don't believe the utility will allow a splice before the meter. Thanks again for the help!
    Around here, I get it from the power company, the same people I get my meter bases from. They always have double lugs for setting a 320 and feeding (2) 200 amp MBP's. I did one the same way yesterday.

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    They make them, Milbank. Tell your supplier to get these. As mentioned here before, I have no problems getting meter bases and the lugs ordered at the same time.

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    I see, nice for feeding two panels. Can you put a double lug on the line side?

    This is the meter socket I have.(residential) The main lugs are not side by side but are staggered. Do I need a special meter that takes the double lugs.

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    U3798 underground residential meter socket

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    Paralled 4/0's on a 200 amp service how long a run was it, 900 feet? I don't believe you can get the lugs you need with that meter back, have you called Milbank direct? 877-483-5314 Around here it is acceptable to splice them and use a couple of Polaris Insulated Tap connectors inside the pan (if there's room) and just bring one 250 MCM up to each lug.

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    I'll have to correct my earlier post, we now have to run the paralled lines into a lockable gutter to splice them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chris kennedy View Post
    They make them, Milbank. Tell your supplier to get these. As mentioned here before, I have no problems getting meter bases and the lugs ordered at the same time.
    Hey Chris,
    How about www.Hialeahmeter.com ? They seem to have some unusual lugs in stock.

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    The run is 430' to where the new home main panel will be. The utility requires minimum of 500 cirmils wirefor this length. 440' requires parallel 4/0. I figured the 4/0 would be a lot easier to work with.

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    Run like that for us means we are out in the middle of nowhere. Use a terminal box ahead of the meter then drop down to 200A wire. A 200A TB costs about 120, a 400 about 250. 2" conduit is about all you want to get into the bottom of a 200A TB.
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