Real time NG meter change

My neighbor is away at his cabin. I noticed a truck parked out front. Went to check on what was happening.
The company was changing his gas meter (and mine today). I asked if any pilot lights had to be re-lit. He said no, that he uses a small tank to keep them lit.
Is this something new or has the method been around for awhile? I've not witnessed one replaced like this before.
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Did you watch? How exactly does he tap the "small tank" into the service fast enough that the pilot lights don't go out?
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On 9/11/2012 12:00 PM, DerbyDad03 wrote: ...

It generally will take seconds to (low) 10s of seconds for a pilot light to use up all the contained gas before going out if gas is removed from a relatively distant source...shouldn't be any trick at all to make a temp connection in that time.
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What about the gap between the old gas and the new. i.e. an air bubble? Does the new gas fill the pipe fast enough for a continuous flow?
What happens if they don't get it connected in time? Nothing in this world works 100% perfectly 100% of the time. With modern appliances, there shouldn't be a problem other than no pilot light, but what if a house still has some really old appliances where the pilot light gas is not monitored or - even more possible - a burner was on, the gas went away and then came back on after the burner went out.
Wouldn't that be an issue that the meter guy wouldn't even know about?
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