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What is the electrical service point of a house?
Thursday, January 2, 2020
What a service point is and where it’s located only becomes an issue after a storm has damaged the electrical service to your house. Everything before the service point is the responsiblity of the local utility to repair, and what's after it is yours. The National Electrical Code (NEC) defines the service point as “the point of connection between the facilities of the serving utility and the premises wiring."
The service point for overhead electric service is the splice or tap connection of the service wires near the service mast above the meter. It is easy to spot and an example is shown above. When the service is underground the service point is where the underground service lateral wires connect to the meter.
For an overview of the clearance requirements between utility pole and house, see our blog post What is the minimum overhead electric service drop height/clearance to a house? And for swimming pool minimums, see our blog post What are the clearance requirements for an overhead electric service drop that is directly over or near a swimming pool?
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