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#111270 - 10/08/06 09:07 AM Under-water meter?
renosteinke Offline
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Registered: 01/22/05
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Loc: Blue Collar Country
From Adam, in Sparks, Nv.

While on vacation off Cape Hatteras,NC, Adam saw what he thought was an interesting meter placement:

A closer view of the meter:

Comments, anyone?
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#111271 - 10/08/06 09:51 AM Re: Under-water meter?
CTwireman Offline
Registered: 02/07/02
Posts: 840
Loc: Connecticut, USA
Ummmm....this is pretty typical. I see this all around my area on similar summer homes.

#111272 - 10/08/06 06:47 PM Re: Under-water meter?
renosteinke Offline
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It seems to me, from the design of the house and the rust on the meter, that this area is often flooded. Indeed, the meter might even be below 'high tide.'

Doesn't that seem wrong? Does the meter reader work from a canoe? Does standing in a few feet of water count as "accessible?
#111273 - 10/09/06 04:46 PM Re: Under-water meter?
ShockMe77 Offline
Registered: 06/11/05
Posts: 821
Loc: Rahway, New Jersey
Does the meter reader work from a canoe?


I'd say this all depends on what the Poco wants. If anything at all, the meter should be on the opposite side of house where the body of water is furthest.

In other words, if the lake or ocean is in the backyard, place the meter in the front yard. The last thing we need is for AHJ's requesting a yacht to do their work!
#111274 - 10/09/06 06:43 PM Re: Under-water meter?
Tesla Offline
Registered: 06/16/04
Posts: 1273
Loc: Sacramento, CA
This meter is set to be read on horseback.

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#111275 - 10/10/06 02:02 AM Re: Under-water meter?
Registered: 12/08/05
Posts: 854
Loc: Titirangi, Akld, New Zealand
Or perhaps scooba or proper diving gear while under water.

Rust on the magnet will certainly slow the meter down, customer unlikely to complain, exept when power fails i guess.
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#111276 - 10/10/06 06:06 AM Re: Under-water meter?
mamills Offline
Registered: 11/30/01
Posts: 745
Loc: Wharton, Texas, USA
I have seen many installs like this on Matagorda Island here in SE Texas. This one actually looks pretty GOOD by comparison . In periods of common thunderstorms and high winds, the salt spray blows horizontally all over the place.

In low flood-prone areas like this, the water will lap against the side of the structures and posts at ground level and easily reach equipment installed that high.

I guess the meter-reader could stand on the bumper of his truck to read the meter...

Mike (mamills)

[This message has been edited by mamills (edited 10-10-2006).]
#111277 - 10/10/06 07:11 AM Re: Under-water meter?
sbs9 Offline
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Registered: 12/06/05
Posts: 1
The only time there's water under that house is during a Cat5 hurricane.

#111278 - 11/01/06 11:39 AM Re: Under-water meter?
Roger Offline
Registered: 05/18/02
Posts: 1716
Loc: N.C.
I agree with Mamills, meters and switchgear around salt water will rust from just the salt air.

In FL the pad mount transformers are submerged in storms and if they are still working after the primary power is restored the POCO doesn't even bother opening them, they just keep moving.

#111279 - 11/02/06 03:56 PM Re: Under-water meter?
SteveFehr Offline
Registered: 03/19/05
Posts: 1195
Loc: Chesapeake, VA
If the meter dial rusts to a stop but the conductors keep conducting, is the electricity free?
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