Can anyone advise on moving a gas meter. The minimum distance we need it
moved is 1m (unless it has to go outside these days). I am very unhappy
with the way companies like Transco charge about £1100 for doing this type
of work. My meter is very old (probably about £40 years and still has a
mechanical coin box (long since disabled) so is not up to current safety
spec and would be changed by any supplier FOC. Is there any way it can be
moved by switching supplier as part of the deal. Private contractors are
quoting me extortionate minimum charges with several months lead time.
Any comments welcome
At that age it may be due for renewal. Ask your supplier at what age they
change them. If it's coming up for renewal, tell them you want it moved if
poss. But I suspect they'll bring a new meter which will fit on to the old
pipe connectors. Your best bet may be to bung the geezer changing it a few
quid to move it while he's doing it.
I may be wrong but I thought all these old meters had been replaced because
the inlet and outlet connections where the same sized thread and the
unscrupulous members of our society found that they could uncouple the meter
and reconnect it the opposite way around and the meter would run backwards
whilst providing 'free' gas ... if this is the case your supplier may change
the meter ASAP if you point this out to them.
PS. I wouldn't recommend trying to swop your meter around - a criminal
record at the least is what you'll get ... not to mention a zero payout from
your insurance company should things go wrong.
I think you may be right about the threads. I cannot imagine why this old
meter has not been spotted by the reader as needing replacement. The one
upstairs is the same. It has a lovely old vintage brass padlock on the coin
box too and should belong in a museum. Not much solace for me having to pay
when really Transco's current policy is to move them to the street free when
they are ready to change the gas mains in the street.
I hope they can be sweetalked into removing all the old pipe work in the
interest of safety rather than me paying for the work as part of my upgrade
to the property.
Any Corgi or as it is soon to be Gas Safe registered gas engineer will be
able to move it for you. That is what Transco told me when I asked if they
could move mine. I had it done and it cost me £140 to move it from inside
the house to outside. That is about 6 years ago though.
I have heard from 2 clients over the years that it was simple, report a
constant smell of gas, do not give in when the tests prove it is not leaking
keep up the pressure, if you have children or elderly persons on site even
Both got them moved within a month, made fitting the kitchen easier too
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