National Electrical Installation Standards

Standards as High as Your Own

Friday, August 3, 2018


According to my local electrical inspector in Bellwood Illinois he claims he follows 2012 NEC and he says it states all outdoor meter sockets and risers must be anchored in the MOTER between the bricks'. No drilling anchors directly into the brick such as tapcons or lag shields which I find totally nuts!..i was inspector myself years ago and electrician 37yrs...never heard of this ridiculous it true?

Frank Perlongo




ey Frank thanks for your question. Not by the NEC. Electric equipment must be firmly secured to the surface it is mounted to as stated in 110.13. Section 300.11 requires that certain equipment be securely fastened in place. The .30 section for the specific wiring method also has securing and supporting requirements. None of those get in to the specific details you describe but the utility or local municipality can have.

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