Is it OK to have a water meter behind a stud wall..

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice, Tips & ' started by Ian Gills, Nov 16, 2009.

  1. Ian Gills

    Ian Gills Senior Robin Hood Guy

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    ...if I put in a suitably large access panel?
  2. Cass

    Cass Plumber

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    quite.....ol chap
  3. Ian....you just got to screw something up

    yes , generally we see them in older homes behind secret panels,, in closet accessess... all sorts of fun places...

    as long as the water company has the remote wire on it and they can read it from outside they probably dont care one bit......

    why do anything right, go ahead and simply
    panel over that water meter....hide it completely

    its much more sporting for the next fellow trying to figure out where it is years from now...

    sort of like fox hunting in England...

    tallye ho....
  4. Cass

    Cass Plumber

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    Be sure it there is a PRV that access will allow for its replacement...
  5. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    Our water meters are at the street.

    Last year, I did that job with the mean barking dog, so the day it snowed, the dog was in the garage with the house shutoff.
    The meter was under snow.
    I never did find the meter that day.
    And the dog never let me in the garage.
    So, I had to pack up the tools and leave.

    [​IMG]

    And then the homeowner complains on Angie's that the plumber took longer.
    If the dog was small and cute, the job would have gotten done right away.
    The house I plumbed on the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie had better mannered wolves then this old mean German Shepperd.
    The wolves were not even tied up, and I worked there five days straight until the job was finished.
    I think I like wolves better.

    Well, today in Seattle, the dog I met was real nice.

    I went to replace a lead bend for $350
    The big phone book ad plumber had quoted $2300
    But he does have coupons that offer $50 off on plumbing jobs.
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  6. Ian Gills

    Ian Gills Senior Robin Hood Guy

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    Thanks chaps.

    I don't have a PRV. My house was built with quality in mind. Located exacly at the point where water pressure was 70psi.

    Right-ho.
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    Doherty Plumbing Journeyman & Gas Fitter

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    $2300 lol wow..... You could come in @ $850 and still look like a hero. Sometimes the prices you guys talk about on here blow me away! I'm jealous :p I couldn't get away with charge $2300 for anything other then a fairly large job with a decent amount of material!
  8. Ian Gills

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    I pay $2300 all the time.

    But the plumber always walks away lighter too.

    I'll pinch his joint compound, flux and pipe. While he's out at the van...
  9. Scuba_Dave

    Scuba_Dave Extreme DIY Homeowner

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    Yes...but that's because they found out you are actually a Prince in merry Ole England


    ...or you ask too many questions
  10. Ian Gills

    Ian Gills Senior Robin Hood Guy

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    I'm not the one that lives in a Castle Dave. You are.

    You can't see his house driving down the street, but it does block the sun early in the morning along much of the East Coast.
  11. Terry

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    Robin Hood's Go-to-Girl
  12. Ian Gills

    Ian Gills Senior Robin Hood Guy

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    Wow.

    But I understand she is already taken?
  13. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    getting even

    The reason he is charging you $2,300.00 is to cover the costs of the dope, flux, and pipe you take. He is not the "dummy" you think he is. He is leaving things out for you to "lift" and adding them to the bill.

    WE once worked in a house with a Doberman Pinscher. He let us bring anything we wanted to INTO the house, but when we were done and started to take things back to the truck, that was a no-no, so we had to wait until the owner came home to let Rover know it was okay.
  14. Ian Gills

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    That's funny!
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