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BlargHonk
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  #3157121 7-Nov-2023 20:25
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wellygary:

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My concern is that I have a very old wooden power board in an old farmhouse. I am not utterly against a smart meter in principle, but I am very worried about opening a can of worms if anyone touches the power board. It could well disintegrate if it is opened. I cannot afford any major repairs and I don't want to tempt fate here. What does the installation of a smart meter actually entail? If anyone can tell me I would greatly appreciate it.


Thanks as always for the help!



If you are that worried about futzing with the original power board, then your best solution is talk to them about installing the smart meter in a supplementary meter box, separate from the power board, 


They are reasonably common these days, with the meter box being on the outside of the house and the "fuse" box and distribution board inside somewhere else;



Note that you will have to pay for this. We have just done it recently and it was not particularly cheap

 
 
 

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  #3157822 9-Nov-2023 22:58
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BlargHonk:

Note that you will have to pay for this. We have just done it recently and it was not particularly cheap

 

I am very surprised to hear this, as the meter is owned by the electricity supplier or metering company and they normally prefer to use a smart meter as it costs them a lot less to do the meter readings, even including the cost of the new meter.  All the smart meter installs I have ever heard about were free and generally initiated by the supplier.


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  #3157827 9-Nov-2023 23:53
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Moving to a smart meter isn't the cost. Its the installing the supplementary meter box + wires + wire routing that adds up. 

 

Back in the day - some rollouts just did meter boxes to avoid having to deal with old powerboards but believe most companies now will swap out the old meters and drop the new meters in place. 





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  #3157861 10-Nov-2023 08:39
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cokemaster:

 

Moving to a smart meter isn't the cost. Its the installing the supplementary meter box + wires + wire routing that adds up. 

 

Back in the day - some rollouts just did meter boxes to avoid having to deal with old powerboards but believe most companies now will swap out the old meters and drop the new meters in place. 

 

 

Yep all the extra cost was the new exterior metal box, getting the lines company to cut off the power at the street, getting the meter certifiers to recertify the new meter, running new thick cables to the exterior box, and the sparkies time. 

 

We had an old crappy black asbestos switchboard with the meter on it before. They had replaced that to a new smartmeter with no issues a few years ago with no cost to us. The only reason we moved it was we wanted to get a new switchboard with RCD protection to be a bit safer, and the location we wanted it didn't have enough room for the meter too. Hence moving it outside. 


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