Hi again everyone,
Thanks for all the ideas on my initial question. My rewiring project is going slowly forward. To catch you up on what I'm doing and where I am. I pulled parallel runs of 4/0 aluminum URD from a splicebox at the base of the power pole to the meter base. The power company will be running 300 kcmil aluminum from the transformer to my splice box. From the meter base, I ran 300 kcmil through a 2" conduit into a trough. In the trough I spliced a run of the 300 kcmil up to a 200 amp main breaker panel, using 2" conduit, and another splice of the 300 kcmil to a 200 amp disconnect. From the disconnect I'll be running #2 MC 65 feet to another main breaker panel. I ran a 5/8 ground rod in at the base of the meter, and used #4 copper to ground and bond all the panels, trough, and disconnect.
That said, the electrical inspector came and looked at things, so I could at least get the trench filled back in. He started questioning everything I did, and instead of telling me what he wanted, he just kept asking me the same question. "Is that what the code book says?" I thought it was his job to either say it was OK, or tell me what he wants to change it to. But, he didn't, he just kept saying: "I don't think the code says that's what it should be." or would ask me again what the book said. SIGH....
OK, so, the things he thought he didn't like, but wouldn't tell me how he wanted it, were the size of conduit from the meter base to the trough and breaker panels, and the size of the ground wire. He also didn't like that the ground wire was run and attached to the breaker panel in the garage, and then bonded from there to the trough and disconnect, but that's easy to fix. What I don't know, is what size conduit and what size ground wire. When I look at Annex "C", it says I was correct to use 2" for the conduit. I checked 250.66, and it says the #4 for ground was correct, but then I read #1, and wondered if I needed a larger ground wire because I ran the parallel 4/0 aluminum up to the meter base. I just figured, since the power company was only running 300 kcmil, I was fine with the #4. Again, the inspector never told me to change it, he just kept asking if it ws to code.
So, what would you guys do? Should I go through all the trouble and change the conduit size to 2 1/2 adn the ground wire to something bigger, or should I just show him the code book to back up each of the things I did? If I do change the ground wire, what should it be upped to???
Thanks in advance!