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Old 09-17-2006, 05:58 PM   #1
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I salvage these meter jumper bars. My area used to bill a seperate rate for electric water heaters, thus everyone had two meters on their home. This hasn't been so for many decades, so the utility inserts jumper bars in the former "water heater meter" and cover it with a meter blank. When you do a service upgrade, you're back to one meter. I generally throw these jumpers out, but I was cleaning up some junk and ran across 8 or 10 pairs. I don't know if these would be handy to anyone. They might not be available in your area. If you want a set, you can PM me with your address and I'll send a set to you on the house.
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Old 09-17-2006, 06:02 PM   #2
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Can I replace my main meter with this, let's say on a hot summer week?

Because turning the meter upside down doesnt seem to work anymore.


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Can I replace my main meter with this, let's say on a hot summer week?

Because turning the meter upside down doesnt seem to work anymore.
I was thinking more along the lines of legal uses.
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We use bypass plates. They are plastic meter seal-offs with those bars mounted on the inside.
We use them for old "A-frame" service replacements with the fixed meter.
The POCO comes a few days later and replaces the bypass with a meter.
You have to tag them VERY clearly with your name as you will not get it back if you don't. At $50 a pop it's worth retrieving them.
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Those look like a heck of a lot better idea than the #4 solid copper I normally wind up using.
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In my area we can remove meters for service upgrades but the utility has to do the re-installation. So, they provide these jumpers so folks don't put stuff in the jaws that would bend them or loosen them up. I've had these in a meter can for over a month at some places. The utility just bills "average use" till they get around to putting in the meter. The reasoning is that if installed on a faulted circuit the transformer fuse will blow at some point and the meter won't be blowing up in someone's face

I also work in a jurisdiction that will press charges if you use these for any reason. Go figure.
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How many meter jumpers do you have? What do you want for them?
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How many meter jumpers do you have? What do you want for them?
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Well considering the post is going on three years old, and he was offering them to friends for free, I'm sure the price has gone way up, especially for you.
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Well considering the post is going on three years old, and he was offering them to friends for free, I'm sure the price has gone way up, especially for you.
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With all the technology of the day and the computer wizardry that floats around all of us, wouldn't it be possible that if a newbie was going to post to a thread that is older than 2 years a red flag would pop up explaining the problem??

Just a thought and observation on my part.

And I am sure this has already be posted in the past but I did not search for it.
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Electrical tape and some mad bars and now you have some home made meter jumpers, haha, cant say you guys havn't done it either...
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The only thing these would be good for is stealing electricity. Please do not sell these or give them to anyone. These could also pose a safety risk. They are made to be used built into a plastic plate to temporarily provide a service. Without the plate they are potentially a safety hazard to the user. Do the right thing and recycle these bars.

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The only thing these would be good for is stealing electricity. Please do not sell these or give them to anyone. These could also pose a safety risk. They are made to be used built into a plastic plate to temporarily provide a service. Without the plate they are potentially a safety hazard to the user. Do the right thing and recycle these bars.

Is that why the POCO's Service Planner ave me a pair so I would be able to get the power on right away and not have to wait for them to show?
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why did you have to meter the w/h seperate ???
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The only thing these would be good for is stealing electricity. Please do not sell these or give them to anyone. These could also pose a safety risk. They are made to be used built into a plastic plate to temporarily provide a service. Without the plate they are potentially a safety hazard to the user. Do the right thing and recycle these bars.
I just have to say that you are preaching to the choir.
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why did you have to meter the w/h seperate ???
different pricing on the usage, and also had a timer in between it to turn off during off-peak time, as generally nobody is home and the water in the tank will stay hot for a while.
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different pricing on the usage, and also had a timer in between it to turn off during off-peak time, as generally nobody is home and the water in the tank will stay hot for a while.
i can't see it making that much difference
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i can't see it making that much difference
it adds up over time, and again it's also billed at a lower kilowatt hour rate too. I don't know off-hand what the rate was though.

it would easily pay for itself pretty quickly, considering you only have to buy another meter socket, some wire and a small panel for the heater.

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