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Cost of Moving Gas Meter & Chasing Pipes?

Discussion in 'Plumbing and Central Heating' started by ILikeDIYS, 31 May 2017.

  1. ILikeDIYS

    ILikeDIYS

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    Hi. Gas meter is in the way of new kitchen install. Plan is to put kitchen wall units over the electric and gas meter to hide them. Electric meter seem OK but the gas meter is a problem.

    See those 2 pipes, one gas feed (I'm guessing from the company) and one to go out - they stick out about 10cm from the wall.

    Is it possible to have them chased in along with the meter being moved up to be inline with the electric meter?

    What would be the average costs involved and do I need to call the gas supplier to do it/give permission? There's no way I can justify more than £200 for this job and I would be happy to chase the cavities myself so gas man just needs to route the pipes in them. Thanks for your help.


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    You will need to get your gas supplier involved.

    But don't bother it you expect it to cost just £200 ! I would say more likely to be approaching £1000 !

    If that is an outside wall then a neat solution would be to have to meter moved to the outside. Again budget about £1000 !

    Tony
     
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    I would give the same advice a Tony. His estimate is also about right.

    Hiding meters is never a good idea, they have to be read sometimes. Hence an external meter than be read without you having to ket the meter reader in is a bonus.

    Hiding the main gas tap ( the lever on the corrogated pipe ) could delay shutting the gas off if there was a leak.
     
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    We paid £475 to have ours moved up to 5mtrs. I fitted my own recessed box into the wall, that cost about £20odd.

    By the look of yours it might be best to locate the pipe outside and do as the guys above say and shift it outside.
     
  6. ILikeDIYS

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    Hi. It's not an outside wall but I do know the person at the end of my street had hers moved to the outside wall last year and it cost £350. It was placed into a lockable plastic box as well.

    Since ours is so much less work I would have thought it'd be about £200.

    It won't be "hidden" it's still accessible from the kitchen units and I don't see the gas guy coming round when no one is home with his own keys trying to find the meter!

    The main gas tap will still be there just higher up.

    I don't understand how this job could cost £1000. Only one of the pipes is "live" and needs to somehow be shut off before the tap.
     
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    Not a chance they'll do it for £200, nor will they be interested in varying the price much if you do a bit of prep work. Prices will vary a bit by transporter but £500-£1000 is not unrealistic
     
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    There are two senarios which householders have difficulty accepting the quoted costs of, moving gas meters and having new water connections on the street.

    I only said approaching £1000, not exactly £1000, the costs vary somewhat in different areas.

    When I say "budget for", I mean have that amount available but hope for somewhat less.

    You may also be underestimating the amount of work involved to connect under the floor and bring up in a channel in the wall.


    One I was involved with cost the owner £900 for a seemingly smaller job of moving the gas meter from under stairs to a box on the outside front wall.

    I had to then fit a gas pipe from that meter under the floor to connect to the gas carcass at the old meter position. My charge was a fraction of the gas supplier's charge!

    Tony
     
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    How dare you say they only paid a few hundred quid on your street when Telly Tony has told you it will cost a grand!
    Prices do vary in areas though and you are best off to contact your supplier and see what they can offer
     
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    Pmsl at 200 quid
    by looks of service its possibly already been inserted with plastic so without getting into it its going to be quite expensive to alter with a fair bit of fannying about
     
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    Not sure what you mean already inserted with plastic?

    What are the expenses exactly? Does the gasman have to pay the supplier or regulatory body like they do with part P/building control for electrical work?

    Would this job cost the same if it was actually water pipes as opposed to gas? Because I've done water plumbing and something like this with water isn't that difficult.
     
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    No you crack on mate its only gas what's the worst that can happen
     
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    My point was that if it was a water job £200 is about right why is gas a bigger expense? Is it because you have to pay certain permissions/schemes?
     
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    Simply because you are not dealing with your local gasman, but with the National Gas Distributor, they set the prices. If you've only got a budget of £200, spend it elsewhere.
     
  16. As what he ^^^ said,looks like pe(plastic) has been inserted up the steel pipe although your photo does not show the inlet fittings very well.It does look like a pe transition fitting.

    your only option is to get your gas transporter (national grid usually) to do alterations to fit the meter outside and then rerun copper pipe from the new meter position to a suitable point inside.you can also get your own gas fitter to rerun the copper pipe.

    Cost,depends on where you live but estimate at least a grand plus vat-min. sorry its not diy.
     
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    £200 :ROFLMAO: where did you get that figure from ?
    well your the man and might as well crack on then :rolleyes::cautious: , ummm whats the differance , water, and, gas immmmmmmo_O

    hey but your kitchen would cool thou o_O
     
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