Re: Too good to be true ? O/T
Posted by geoff the bonnie on July 4, 2021, 10:27 pm, in reply to "Re: Too good to be true ? O/T"
I did get to see a meter cheating devise about 25 years ago. It was connected to the live feed of the meter and the live out of the meter. Someone in Bristol was building them at 100 pounds. Built into a battery charger case so not to look suspicious if it was lying around. |
It had the effect that, if you used it, the meter wheel would go backwards at a proportionate speed to how much load you were using. A local Restaurant owner bought one and left it running a bit too long and the bill reduced from 900 pounds to 300 pounds per quarter. Not prosecuted as it was not connected when they investigated. Of course, to connect, you had to remove the tungsten wire seal on the meter.
I did see one working at that time. Not something i could connect as using specialist knowledge, it might have got me in the nick.
Not in use now that digital meters have replaced the old alloy wheel type meter. Lots of fiddles were going on back in the 90s. Commonest one was reversing the gas meter which wound the numbers back. 3 weeks backwards was needed as that would be equal to no gas use for 6 weeks then reconnect in the right direction.
At that time, there were quite a few house explosions where the gas sealing was inadequate.
The other method was to take the meter out and just connect a pipe across the connections.
Some rogues around back then. Modern meters are not so easy to fiddle. I have even seen houses where the owner had dug up and spliced into the main intake cable to power a swimming pool. I wired that house when it was built but the owner did the cable alteration after moving in.