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Old 12-18-2005, 05:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Locking pin for gas meters? Tool?

God damn gas co came out and locked the valve on my meter with a pin lock.
All i did was call about a question on my bill. Not sure why they pinned it, the gas co is a piece of shit co and doesn't care about its customers.

I took a torch and blew the pin out and turned my gas back on but I would like to buy one of the tools for it, several times i have wished I had one.

Id take a pic of the pin but its all fucked up now. Just a pin with a head on it and a small, 3/16 hole maybe in it that the tool goes in. Has some sort of deal on the end that goes through the valve hasp that opens up so you can't take it out. Whole works is only around a inch long.
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I took a torch and blew the pin out and turned my gas back on .
sorry that needed to be repeated
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Old 12-18-2005, 06:02 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Use what my gas company uses to remove them... bolt cutters.
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Old 12-18-2005, 06:03 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Now that you have it off, just install your own lock on it.
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Old 12-18-2005, 06:05 PM   #5 (permalink)
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pay your bill on time and you wouldnt have to worry about those pesky pins
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Old 12-18-2005, 06:09 PM   #6 (permalink)
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the next step is a armored pin.... then meter/regulator removel..... then when you direct pipe it, the higher gas pressure... (no regulator...) makes your pilot light around a foot long and your furnace goes bye bye..... ( i work for the gas company).......... then theres the possible police charges for theft of gas, destruction of property...etc.....dont hate me i just know the way it works....
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pay your bill on time and you wouldnt have to worry about those pesky pins

yeah right.

When we had our gas switched instead of just sending someone out to read the meter they sent some one out to turn off the gas then someone else was supposed to come and turn it on and read the meter, well that person just read the meter and didn't remove the pin. well it was pretty mild then so we didn't notice it for like 2 weeks. What a fawkin pain in the ass that was but they had someone out here with-in 2 hours of us calling.
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Old 12-18-2005, 06:24 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I know what pin you are talking about and have a few sitting right next to me on my desk. You cannot get the tool unless you got a buddy whos willing to loose his job at the gas co. Each tool is individualy numbered/liscensed etc.
Edit: Like this:http://www.brooksutility.com/catalog...ail.asp?ID=360

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the next step is a armored pin.... then meter/regulator removel..... then when you direct pipe it, the higher gas pressure... (no regulator...) makes your pilot light around a foot long and your furnace goes bye bye..... ( i work for the gas company).......... then theres the possible police charges for theft of gas, destruction of property...etc.....dont hate me i just know the way it works....
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It would blow the diaphrams in the regulators real quick like.

All i called them about was a fucking billing address change. Got a po box and want it sent there rather than to the mail box.

No fucking right to cut me off for a billing address change. What if i heated my house with gas? They dont give a shit, ive delt with them on several occasions. EVERYONE that works there doesn't give 2 shits about the customer, ive delt with some of the higher ups several years ago, all asswipes.
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I know what pin you are talking about and have a few sitting right next to me on my desk. You cannot get the tool unless you got a buddy whos willing to loose his job at the gas co. Each tool is individualy numbered/liscensed etc.
Edit: Like this:http://www.brooksutility.com/catalog...ail.asp?ID=360
Guy I know has one that he stole off the guys truck, he just watched where he put it on the truck and went over and took it when he wasn't looking.

He builds homes, when they put the meters on they pin them and want you to test them with 1/2PSI of air, he just pulls the pin and checks it with bubbles and puts the pin back in when done, gas co gets there and the meter reads some cfh and they ask him, he just tells them it must be a bad meter.


He is on vacation right now otherwise i would have got the tool from him .
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Holy crap this is funny.
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?? whats funny about it.
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After looking at that making a tool out of some piano wire or stainless filler rod would be fairly easy.
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If you hang around in a bad neighborhood where no one pays their bills you can get one for the right amount of money. I was working on a multifamily in a bad area once and a guy saw the gas truck(marking pipes) and offered me a key for 2 grand.
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6d penny finsh nail with a sharpend tip bent at a 90*...t used to work years ago... at least thats what I heard
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If its the lock Im thinking of, take a piece of 3/8 soft copper, take your leatherman or any needlenose pliers and ream the end(expand) out a little, until it slips into the locks and pushes the tabs in.

If its another style your gonna have to stick to the hot wrench.

I think they can charge you for that lock so be careful, of course it willbe way overpriced.
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If its the lock Im thinking of, take a piece of 3/8 soft copper, take your leatherman or any needlenose pliers and ream the end(expand) out a little, until it slips into the locks and pushes the tabs in.

If its another style your gonna have to stick to the hot wrench.

I think they can charge you for that lock so be careful, of course it will be way overpriced.
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Charge me i dont give a shit. aint paying for it.
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I'd bet they'll be back to take the meter unless you pay fines, cost of lock, cost of time/labor and up to date billing.
They have the power (pun intended) to do this and will, just to spite you.
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Charge me i dont give a shit. aint paying for it.
hehe..................good luck with that one!! They can just remove the pipe at the street if you don't pay. Don't pretend that you have some sort of clout over the gas company.
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Old 12-18-2005, 07:21 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Actually, out here in Minnesota they CANT just shut if off if you are late on a bill.
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hehe..................good luck with that one!! They can just remove the pipe at the street if you don't pay. Don't pretend that you have some sort of clout over the gas company.

I didn't have a late bill, thats the 1st thing I thought of. I called and asked, i was up to date on my bills. The only thing I did was change my billing address to my PO box. They do shit like this. I heard them do the same to people that own rentals and switch them back to the owners name after the renters move out. Bam come pin the meter.

As for taking the meter, the can have it, ill tear the line clean out of the ground and buy and electric oven and dryer, they were the only things I had on gas.
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At one of my rental houses, the tenants never paid the bill, then they moved out in the middle of the night. I didn't find out they were gone for a few weeks, and when I went there, the meter was pinned. Forty below outside, and no heat. I called the gas co, but they wouldn't unpin it till I went down on Monday, and this was Friday. So, I cut it off. Monday, I switched the utilities into my name. By the time I got back to the house that afternoon, the meter was gone. The gas guy had dealt with my tenants before, and he figured that they'd cut it off, so he came back to check. When he saw that the pin was gone, he called it in and got authorized to pull the meter.
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