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#111270 - 10/08/06 11:07 AM Under-water meter?  
renosteinke  Offline
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From Adam, in Sparks, Nv.

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

[Linked Image]

A closer view of the meter:

[Linked Image]

Comments, anyone?

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#111271 - 10/08/06 11:51 AM Re: Under-water meter?  
CTwireman  Offline
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Connecticut, USA
Ummmm....this is pretty typical. I see this all around my area on similar summer homes.



#111272 - 10/08/06 08:47 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 06:46 PM Re: Under-water meter?  
ShockMe77  Offline
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Posts: 821
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! [Linked Image]

#111274 - 10/09/06 08:43 PM Re: Under-water meter?  
Tesla  Offline
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Sacramento, CA
This meter is set to be read on horseback.

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#111275 - 10/10/06 04:02 AM Re: Under-water meter?  
RODALCO  Offline
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Posts: 854
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.

The product of rotation, excitation and flux produces electricty.

#111276 - 10/10/06 08:06 AM Re: Under-water meter?  
mamills  Offline
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Posts: 745
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 [Linked Image]. 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... [Linked Image]

Mike (mamills)

[This message has been edited by mamills (edited 10-10-2006).]

#111277 - 10/10/06 09:11 AM Re: Under-water meter?  
sbs9  Offline
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The only time there's water under that house is during a Cat5 hurricane.


#111278 - 11/01/06 02:39 PM Re: Under-water meter?  
Roger  Offline
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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 06:56 PM Re: Under-water meter?  
SteveFehr  Offline
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Chesapeake, VA
If the meter dial rusts to a stop but the conductors keep conducting, is the electricity free?

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