How to run wire from meter to breaker box

How to run wire from meter to breaker box. Getting the tools for wiring and powering the meter off should be starting. The connections between the ground wire and the neutral wire are next.

Hot wires are installed after them. The breakers are set after the installation of the hot wires.

I wanted to install a new meter to my brake box, but the wiring of the meter can be tricky, so I consulted an electrician for tips.

I am a DIY person, so I only asked for material wiring tips to perform the wiring by myself. The electrician generously gave me wiring tips and even said to contact him if I needed more electrical tips.

I started with tools election for wiring and connected the wires carefully. The meter after my installation worked well. Installing a meter wasn’t hard.

How to run wire from meter to breaker box

Setting a new meter to check electricity can be tricky. The Most difficult part is to know where the wondering does and the position of the meter, but setting the meter and installing its wires by yourself gives you a better feeling.

Several steps for the installation of the meter should be known.

The starting meter starts switching the power of the area off. And making the area secure for installing wires. Then get the tools for meter installation.

Ground and neutral wires should be connected after that. The hot wires are after the latter, and then the breaker box is secured.

Gathering materials/tools

gathering materialstools

First, gather all the electrical tools and supplies that you need to install the new meter.

The tools needed for installation are actually basic electrical tools that are used for normal wiring and installation of switches and simple outlets, so gathering the tools won’t be a problem.

As you are dealing with wires, a wire stripper is a must tool, so you can strip the wires to connect them.

There will be screws to open the meter, so a screwdriver is also necessary. To outline the frame and installation angles, to be precise, a pencil will be needed.

A copy to make the size or a notebook will be needed as a material to install the wiring. Wearing electrical gloves and having a multimeter can be handy. You may need a multimeter to check the wires and see if there is a short in them.

Powering off

As you are going to install new wires and a new electrical meter, you will be dealing with electricity, and dealing with electricity can be dangerous, especially when you are doing the wiring for the first time. Truing the power off should always be the priority.

You don’t want to die from an electrical shock. The main switch is for powering the whole house, so during the main switch off will get rid of power worries.

Turn the power of the power switch off and open the switch. Check the voltage with the multimeter. As I said, it’ll be handy. If there is not any power in the multimeter, then the main switch has been turned off safely.

Ground wire connection

ground wire connection

The first step in installing is also safety. The ground wire is really important for the installation of the meter. Ground wire saves from power reconnection, and that avoids accidents with electricity.

First, find the ground wire through the meter. Connect the groundbreaker box with the ground wire you have found. The breaker will already have external ground support.

The external ground support will be useful in being safe from injuries in case of accidents.

The ground bus of both components should be unscrewed. Link the edge of the wire that is stripped and screw the edge of the wire tightly.

Sometimes there isn’t existing external ground support, so you will need to install the external ground support on your own. You can use a rubber mallet for its installation outside the house.

Neutral wire connection

neutral wire connection

After the installation of the ground wire, we move to the neutral wire. You are wondering why the neutral wire is first and why not the hot wire or phase.

Though the neutral wire installation isn’t as necessary as the ground wire, it is better to have your circuit’s efficiency increased.

The natural wire is used to push the current that is excessively covering the circuit. The excessive current or the faulty current is not allowed to stay because of the neutral wire.

The neutral wires are not damaging, but their handling should be done carefully, just like the live wires. The neutral wires can sometimes carry electricity, so be careful not to get electrified.

The guideline for connecting the neutral wires is the same as ground wires. The neutral wires will probably have a white covering or maybe grey.

Hotwire connection

hotwire connection

After the ground and the neutral wire have been connected, you can move to the installation of the live wire. First, find the hot wires that are moving through the meter.

Hotwires are the main wires that have the power. They carry the power to all the places like, from the meter to the breaker box.

Firstly, identify the wires to be safe. You will find two hot wires, while there will be only one ground and a single natural wire.

There are designated terminals on the meter made for the hot wires. Unscrew the nuts on the positive terminal and insert the positive hot wire and tighten the hot wire in the positive terminal.

The negative hot wire will have the same process of connection. Use electrical tape on all the tires to make them safe. You can tie the wire through the electrical tape too.


You can now reattach the breaker box you removed while powering off and place the breaker box in its place.

You can test the current to the breaker box after the meter has been connected and the breaker box has been attached. Try the multimeter test on the breaker box to learn more. Check the meter if it’s working.


The attaching of wires and the steps above are to be followed. The wires and the breakers are important for installing the meter.

Testing the meter should not be left behind. Securing the breaker box and the meter is important, but safety is more. Thanks for reading!

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