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  1. #11
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Kipwell View Post
    That's easy to do with an electric meter.
    NEVER DO THAT!!! They have on going monitoring just for things like that. You now may have a meter index that had direct communication of your reading with the utility. PECO has security monitor homes that were shut-off for non-payment. One occassion, the taps were cut and they had lights on.
    The taps looked cut, they found the customer hooked needles, which could not be seen from the ground.

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    National Fuel moved my meter from the basement to the outside some years ago, at their request.

    I was home when they did it.
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    A drop leg holster? A big clue indicating an Operator operating operationally, of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Kipwell View Post
    I've never seen a house with the gas meter inside.
    It isn't uncommon. I've seen water, power, and gas meters inside houses.
    RIP: SFN, 1861, twoeggsup, Lambo, jamesjo, JayBell, 32 Magnum, Pro2A, mrwildroot, dregan, Frenchy, Fragger, ungawa, Mtn Jack, Grapeshot.

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    I worked with a guy who used to read some sort of meters in the city of Philtytown and he reported some pretty disgusting conditions.
    If it ain't broke it ain't mine.

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    When they did this at my house, I just stapled translucent plastic to the joists around anything I didn't want prying eyes on.

    A couple paint cans and some rollers really makes the effect.

    "Yep, if I had to wait around all day for you I figured why not paint upstairs. Just cleaning my roller covers"

    Guy was in and out in 5 minutes, all he did was look at the meter and wand the joints at the meter with a leak detector.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walleye Hunter View Post
    I worked with a guy who used to read some sort of meters in the city of Philtytown and he reported some pretty disgusting conditions.
    One could only imagine!! Growing up, all 3 meters were inside. Used to send my parents a postcard and they read their own.

    My house now, only water which is read electronically.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Walleye Hunter View Post
    I worked with a guy who used to read some sort of meters in the city of Philtytown and he reported some pretty disgusting conditions.
    I was in (3) basements today in Johnstown looking at the entrance cables for Verizon. One was pretty nasty.

    Typically, 1 in 4 are a really nasty basement. Water, stank, dead rats, something. The 2nd floor of the Amtrak station in Johnstown had a mixed dead mouse/rat & dead crackhead smell, mixed with lead paint and asbestos dust.

    The manhole I was in today on Franklin St south of Goucher St smelled better than the Amtrak 2nd Floor.
    RIP: SFN, 1861, twoeggsup, Lambo, jamesjo, JayBell, 32 Magnum, Pro2A, mrwildroot, dregan, Frenchy, Fragger, ungawa, Mtn Jack, Grapeshot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Kipwell View Post
    I've never seen a house with the gas meter inside.
    My old hose has one. They wanted to move it out front, I told them no.
    Its still in the basement closet where its been since the 50s. There is an advantage to it,
    if you think about it, but.... dont do it

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    Tarps and a few screws from the wall are your friend. tarps are cheap and can be used for other things. A broken water line from the fridge caused water damage on two floors. I had to bring the adjuster through the damaged rooms. Out of site out of mind.
    “Proclaim Liberty throughout all the Land unto all the Inhabitants thereof.

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    My old gas meter was in the basement and had the same exact problem as the OP. I had them remove the meter and shut the gas off at the curb. They had to bring a truck over to dig up the old valve just so they could shut it off. No more UGI for me...

    A year or two after that, I got the exact same letter in the mail, that I needed my meter inspected. I told them they completely removed the meter, capped off the entrance pipe, and shut it off at the street. Nope, no good, they wanted to see it. I laughed at their threats to turn off the gas, until they said they would get the cops to let them in; public safety and all ().

    I did what JustinR did; take a day off from work and covered everything up with old, painted up plastic. The UGI guy gets there and asks me where the meter is, I told him in one of the back of their guy's trucks. They took it with them when they removed it, but nobody ever seemed to follow up on it. I made sure this guy did. I haven't had natural gas in the house for the last decade or so.

    The biggest thing I learned from the whole thing was that UGI has NO IDEA of what they are doing. It's a wonder that we only hear about 1 or 2 houses blowing up from gas leaks every other month and not far more.

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