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How to open electricity meter box without key.....

Discussion in 'Electrics UK' started by NotaclueSue, 20 May 2008.

  1. NotaclueSue

    NotaclueSue

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    Help! EDF are trying to up my monthly DD payments too much so I really must read the meter and prove them wrong. However I have lost that pesky little key. Have been able to open the gas meter box with pliers but not the electricity one. Any ideas? and where do you get replacement keys from anyway?
    Sue
     
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    You can get a services cabinet key from screwfix Direct...part no. 16428 for £1.49. :)
     
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    Thanks. I even know the correct word for it now!?!
     
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    In an emergency, you can use pin-nosed pliers, but you risk damaging the spindle.
     
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    I think I got one of those 4 sided keys in our local asda not so long back.
     
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    You can buy them from the diy sheds (I bought one from B&Q not so long ago). I've since seen them in my local hardware shop as well, so they're pretty widely available.
     
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    If you have a socket-set then a 9mm or 11/32 socket fits exactly over the triangular spindle.

    If you put a strip of coloured tape around the socket it will save having to try them all again in 3 months time! :idea:
     
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    Not much help as I know you want it open now but..

    If you mention to your supplier you've not go one I'm sure they'll send you one for free.

    I hand em out daily :D
     
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    They sell them in my local corner shop, so maybe try yours. They also sell cartridge fuses cheaper than I can get them at the wholesalers, though I think that ship will soon sail as they dont have many left and prices have gone up since they ordered them a decade of so ago!
     
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    Te*co extra stores sell the 4 sided key if that fits.
     
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    I have asked my supplier for a new key and received it today. Thanks for the advice.
     
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