Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: Bypassing an muncipal electricity meter

  1. #1
    Platinum Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    KZN
    Posts
    1,587
    Thanks
    76
    Thanked 138 Times in 118 Posts

    Bypassing an muncipal electricity meter

    Busy with an interesting issue which I have never had to deal with before.

    I did a COC for a house which is a total write off, I cut and disconnect literally the entire house, the purchaser bought the house for about a third of the property value if not less , and was advised accordingly.

    Now months down the line I get a call from the new owner enquiring about bypassing the electricity meter, and instructed me that I must attend to the problem because I signed over the COC. Well I just laughed, yeah right you got to be kidding.

    I informed the new owner that I have no authority to disconnect tor reconnect the meter, only the municipality metering department can break the seal and reseal the meter. In the case of a new installation I would install the meter in the location as illustrated on the application form and leave tails for the municipality to connect and seal. In the case of a relocation I would have to send a in an application for them to disconnect and reconnect, supply a new meter box with tails etc ready for them.

    The COC has absolutely nothing to do with the metering and I cannot be held liable for any issue the new or old owner have with regards to someone bypassing a meter, in fact 90 % of the time I don't even open the meter box and if there is no power I merely state on the COC that there was no power at the time of test and therefore could not complete all the test results.

  2. #2
    Silver Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Germiston, South Africa
    Posts
    251
    Thanks
    12
    Thanked 33 Times in 30 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by ians View Post
    Busy with an interesting issue which I have never had to deal with before.

    I did a COC for a house which is a total write off, I cut and disconnect literally the entire house, the purchaser bought the house for about a third of the property value if not less , and was advised accordingly.

    Now months down the line I get a call from the new owner enquiring about bypassing the electricity meter, and instructed me that I must attend to the problem because I signed over the COC. Well I just laughed, yeah right you got to be kidding.

    I informed the new owner that I have no authority to disconnect tor reconnect the meter, only the municipality metering department can break the seal and reseal the meter. In the case of a new installation I would install the meter in the location as illustrated on the application form and leave tails for the municipality to connect and seal. In the case of a relocation I would have to send a in an application for them to disconnect and reconnect, supply a new meter box with tails etc ready for them.

    The COC has absolutely nothing to do with the metering and I cannot be held liable for any issue the new or old owner have with regards to someone bypassing a meter, in fact 90 % of the time I don't even open the meter box and if there is no power I merely state on the COC that there was no power at the time of test and therefore could not complete all the test results.
    I agree with you 100%
    To make a mistake is human, to learn from that mistake is knowledge and knowledge is strength.

  3. #3
    Gold Member IMHO's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    NW
    Posts
    538
    Thanks
    11
    Thanked 52 Times in 47 Posts
    For pure educational purposes, how would one go about bypassing such a meter?
    ~Expenses will eat you alive! - My first Boss~

  4. #4
    Platinum Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    KZN
    Posts
    1,587
    Thanks
    76
    Thanked 138 Times in 118 Posts
    There are a variety of methods, some things are better not shared on public forums.

  5. #5
    Diamond Member wynn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    east london
    Posts
    3,338
    Thanks
    548
    Thanked 624 Times in 523 Posts
    I had a young guy with municipal identity come and check my prepaid meter the other day.
    he switched off all the circuits except for the lights, punched a code into the meter and the lights went off and on again, I don't know what that proved but he seemed to be satisfied.
    If I was skelleming the juice I would only bypass the stove and geysers and he never tested that? Probably because the geyser is on 'ripple relay' and it would complicate his test?
    "Nobody who has succeeded has not failed along the way"
    Arianna Huffington

    Read the first 10% of my books "Didymus" and "The BEAST of BIKO BRIDGE" for free
    You can also read and download 100% free my short stories "A Real Surprise" and "Pieces of Eight" at
    http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/332256

  6. #6
    Diamond Member Justloadit's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Johannesburg
    Posts
    2,671
    Thanks
    88
    Thanked 544 Times in 460 Posts
    Blog Entries
    1
    Now what if you had a UPS backing up your light circuits in the event of a power failure?
    He would then be really confused
    Victor - Knowledge is a blessing or a curse, your current circumstances make you decide!
    Solar and LED lighting solutions - www.microsolve.co.za

  7. #7
    Full Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Location
    KZN
    Posts
    61
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    The funniest thing I've seen with a prepaid meter is that it's pluged in so you can just plug it out or in.
    But would a loop impedance test damage a prepaid meter when testing

  8. #8
    Platinum Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    KZN
    Posts
    1,587
    Thanks
    76
    Thanked 138 Times in 118 Posts
    I have never heard of a loop impedance test damaging a pre paid meter, but hey stranger things have happened.

Similar Threads

  1. Prepaid electricity meter - Pretoria
    By Chrisjan B in forum General Chat Forum
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 19-Mar-13, 08:21 AM
  2. How do you slow down an electronic meter?
    By Steven Brooks in forum Technology Forum
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 19-Nov-12, 10:57 AM
  3. why it is so important to check your electricity meter
    By murdock in forum General Business Forum
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 03-Dec-10, 09:43 PM
  4. How can I verify my electricity meter ?
    By Martinco in forum Electrical Contracting Industry Forum
    Replies: 22
    Last Post: 04-Nov-10, 10:16 PM
  5. new water meter
    By murdock in forum General Chat Forum
    Replies: 18
    Last Post: 15-Oct-10, 10:16 PM

Did you like this article? Share it with your favourite social network.

Did you like this article? Share it with your favourite social network.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •