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  • Cardew
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    • 9th May 07, 8:15 AM
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    • 9th May 07, 8:15 AM
    Even at the rip off prices some plumbers charge, £1,000 would be way over the top. £100 for a simple job like that would be more like it.

    I suspect there is small print somewhere forbidding you to tamper with the meter. The water company may allow you to move it and they will inspect it afterwards, or they might nominate a plumber.

    If you just moved the meter without informing the company I doubt if the meter reader would ever notice, and unless your consumption dropped off, who would know?
    • lindens
    • By lindens 9th May 07, 9:34 AM
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    lindens
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    • 9th May 07, 9:34 AM
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    • 9th May 07, 9:34 AM
    It depends which area you live in but most water meters are now fitted next to the main stop tap outside in the drive/pavement/road. You need to phone the water company to install a new meter in this little box outside as described above, this is the meter you will then be billed on. Your plumber is then free to remove the old one entirely, make sure the water board made a note of the final reading on the old meter too!
    You're not your * could have not of * Debt not dept *
    • deanos
    • By deanos 9th May 07, 3:25 PM
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    deanos
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    • 9th May 07, 3:25 PM
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    • 9th May 07, 3:25 PM
    The simple answer is ring the water company, don't move the meter without permission as its illegal and you could get prosecuted, would you move a gas or electric meter without permission ?
  • lapat
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    • 9th May 07, 10:26 PM
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    • 9th May 07, 10:26 PM
    It depends which area you live in but most water meters are now fitted next to the main stop tap outside in the drive/pavement/road. You need to phone the water company to install a new meter in this little box outside as described above, this is the meter you will then be billed on. Your plumber is then free to remove the old one entirely, make sure the water board made a note of the final reading on the old meter too!
    Originally posted by lindens

    whoooooooooah stop misleading the lady.....no water company will come along dig up your little box and fit you a new meter for free especially if you have one fitted internally...a meter install at boundary is in excess of 500 for the box and meter.the only time its free is when you dont have a meter and you are requesting to go on a meter

    1...speak to the water company and tell them what your plans are they will come out and inspect the location and you will have to be precise to where you want it moving.

    2...as for tampering with the meter you can actually remove and refit a water meter as long as you dont break the seals on the meter itself.

    3... a plumber can move the meter and the meter reader only has a location of under sink and its serial number when he visits . thats when there not estimating the readings. as long as this still all tallys you shouldnt have a problem. but whatever you do make sure the meter goes back in the right way as you will not get any water as they are not like other meters they dont spin backwards unless they have been opened.
    need to have a lightbulb moment
    • lindens
    • By lindens 11th May 07, 10:44 AM
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    • 11th May 07, 10:44 AM
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    • 11th May 07, 10:44 AM
    whoooooooooah stop misleading the lady.....no water company will come along dig up your little box and fit you a new meter for free especially if you have one fitted internally...a meter install at boundary is in excess of 500 for the box and meter.the only time its free is when you dont have a meter and you are requesting to go on a meter

    1...speak to the water company and tell them what your plans are they will come out and inspect the location and you will have to be precise to where you want it moving.

    2...as for tampering with the meter you can actually remove and refit a water meter as long as you dont break the seals on the meter itself.

    3... a plumber can move the meter and the meter reader only has a location of under sink and its serial number when he visits . thats when there not estimating the readings. as long as this still all tallys you shouldnt have a problem. but whatever you do make sure the meter goes back in the right way as you will not get any water as they are not like other meters they dont spin backwards unless they have been opened.
    Originally posted by lapat
    I'm not being misleading - I work for the water company and this is true of my area and several other water companies! I didn't say it was definately true - I told her to ring her water company, which others have also told her too.
    I think you'll find the meter remains the property of the water company and a plumber CANNOT move it
    You're not your * could have not of * Debt not dept *
  • lapat
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    • 14th May 07, 10:23 PM
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    • 14th May 07, 10:23 PM
    I'm not being misleading - I work for the water company and this is true of my area and several other water companies! I didn't say it was definately true - I told her to ring her water company, which others have also told her too.
    I think you'll find the meter remains the property of the water company and a plumber CANNOT move it
    Originally posted by lindens

    are you not contradicting yourself here in your previous post you tell the lady that she can have the meter installed outside and you then tell her that a plumber is free to remove her old meter and then your saying in your last post they still belonged to the water company.

    not sure what water compaqny your quoting here as none of them are allowed to have different policiys where meter installs and removals are concerned the only policy they can change for metering is where leakage is concerned and then they have to apply to the regulator for compulsary installing. every water provider also has to charge where a meter is being moved from its original install postion.and the little box at the boundary is called an aplas box these cost in excess of 250 to install due to them not coupling upto lead pipework so they usually always need a relay service aswell when installed with new mdpe pipework so thats where the 400-500 install cost comes into effect.
    so this is why no water company will come along and just move your meter at there cost and yes they would prefer there original install at the boundary of the property as leakage on the property is then accounted for in there reportable leakage figures.
    but nine times out of ten the original under sink install was put in due to the fact there was no little box at the boundary and they were not willing to fund the 400 plus install........................................... ...........thats my lesson for today over
    need to have a lightbulb moment
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