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A 'back to back' gas meter move in Berkshire (inside to out)

Discussion in 'Plumbing and Central Heating' started by fogster74, 27 Sep 2012.

  1. fogster74

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    Our gas meter is stuck in one corner of our lounge - the pipe (yellow polyethylene?) comes in through the wall, into the main isolating valve, a flexible corrugated steel hose goes into the meter and then the gas supply immediately exits the wall and runs up outside the house, where it re-enters and runs under the floor boards. I've attached a photo showing the gas pipe entering the house and then the copper supply to the house coming out the wall. The meter is simply on the wall the other side.

    We want the meter moved outside - the yellow supply pipe is exposed, there would be virtually no replumbing required and it would hopefully be a really quick job. We really need the meter moving as we've plans for the area it's blocking - boxing it in etc is really a very poor option for us.

    We've contacted Scotia (the network owner) and they want something like £800 to complete the work! This seems an absurd figure and one we can't possibly justify. We also found an 'independent' company in London (Tanners Gas) but they wanted virtually the same.

    Is there any cheaper way to do this - we're quite willing to pay £300 and would provide a semi-concealed meter box - does anyone have any thoughts on how I can get this done or who would be able to do it?

     
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    A simple job by the look of it.
    I have seen the contractors working on the mains.
    All that is done is they clamp the pipe. I didn't realise you could actually clamp it that hard to cut the gas off. Then it is just a case of moving the
    stop valve.

    This is out a of normal plumbers/gas engineers remit unless you can find
    one who has been working doing this type of gas installation and knows
    exactly what they are doing. Agreed £800 is obscene. Typical rip off britain. It would probably take someone 1 hour.
     
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    Unfortunately, The only way in which this can be done is through the transporter.

    Pay the £800 quoted, or leave it in your lounge.
     
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    There is something wrong with these gas supply costs!

    Three years ago, BG quoted me over £1000 to put in a new supply.

    The Transporter, Nat Grid, have quoted £342 for the same work and this even involved crossing the street!

    Tony
     
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    Be interesting to know why you are digging a trench, because you can't build over the gas pipe.

    May be more work than you think.
     
  7. fogster74

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    As far as I know that would be possible.

    But it would be far better to get the job done properly.

    I have heard of people paying cash to Nat Grid guys seen in the street to do minor works like this!
     
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