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Al Moran
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2006 5:08 am    Post subject: Bypassing Electric Meter Reply with quote

Recently read a story in the local news about someone using rented
house to grow pot. In the story they said that the electric meters
were bypassed. How is a meter bypassed without killing yourself?
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pipedown
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2006 5:08 am    Post subject: Re: Bypassing Electric Meter Reply with quote

"Tony Hwang" <dragon40@shaw.ca> wrote in message
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Al Moran wrote:
Recently read a story in the local news about someone using rented
house to grow pot. In the story they said that the electric meters
were bypassed. How is a meter bypassed without killing yourself?
Hi,
It's very easy but illegal. Just need a little jumper wire.


And with some meters if you plug it in backwards, it runs backwards.

Their software would flag an existing customer with extreme variations in
usage as this could indicate a problem with equipment requiring a look but a
new customer might go unnoticed with unlikely usage. Steal enough
electricity and it becomes a Felony.

Indoor pot farmers are often busted either by the electric usage pattern or
by causing fires while ignoring electrical code. Narcing neighbors too.
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Tony Hwang
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2006 5:09 am    Post subject: Re: Bypassing Electric Meter Reply with quote

Al Moran wrote:
Quote:
Recently read a story in the local news about someone using rented
house to grow pot. In the story they said that the electric meters
were bypassed. How is a meter bypassed without killing yourself?
Hi,

It's very easy but illegal. Just need a little jumper wire.
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komobu
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2006 5:09 am    Post subject: Re: Bypassing Electric Meter Reply with quote

Al Moran wrote:
Quote:
Recently read a story in the local news about someone using rented
house to grow pot. In the story they said that the electric meters
were bypassed. How is a meter bypassed without killing yourself?

In Virginia, it is pretty easy. My house had aluminum wiring, and I
replaced the whole electrical system with copper. Anyways, there is a
security seal at the bottom of the meter box. When it is removed, a
cover hinges up and the Glass meter can be pulled straight out. Then
you will be looking at 4 prongs. The top two prongs go to the power
pole. The bottom two go to the hous circut breaker box. (I had to
replace this wire to the breaker box in my house). Anyways, you could
jump the prongs rather easily with copper wire. It would help if you
knew when the meter reader was coming around so you could place the
glass meter back in. If you took the time with the security seal, the
reader would probably never notice it....he just takes the numbers down
and move to the next house.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2006 8:17 am    Post subject: Re: Bypassing Electric Meter Reply with quote

On Tue, 29 Aug 2006 21:02:23 -0700, Al Moran <al@hotmail.com> wrote:

Quote:
Recently read a story in the local news about someone using rented
house to grow pot. In the story they said that the electric meters
were bypassed. How is a meter bypassed without killing yourself?

Around here the pot "farmers" tend to be illegals from 3d world
countries where meter fraud is a well established custom. I have seen
a number of tricks.
The best one I saw was a guy who put a "T" fitting in the service mast
where it penetrated the roof to the soffit on a service upgrade so he
could loop the service conductors into the attic where they were
tapped. The cops found it when they busted the grow house
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dpb
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2006 3:09 am    Post subject: Re: Bypassing Electric Meter Reply with quote

Mike Plate wrote:
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Over the past year all the homes in my town (Central Mass.) have been
converted over to digital meters ... not only
for metering service but for regulating so if there were some problem
it would be identified. I am not sure what the "problems" could be
(tapping service) or how it would phone home with an issue, just send a
signal over the line?
....


Certainly tampering is one form of "problem" new digital meters are
designed to detect. Almost any service issue can be detected, the
level in your case would be, it would all depend on the level of
sophistication of the particular meter design/manufacturer they went
to. Unbalanced legs, low voltage, off-frequency, many neutral or
ground problems all can be detected. Most of these use a wireless
network or proprietary transmission protocol connection and either they
use a mobile receiver and drive around to various locations to collect
data from an area or have collection "stations" that then forward the
data back to central office.
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Eric
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2006 3:11 am    Post subject: Re: Bypassing Electric Meter Reply with quote

Joseph Meehan wrote:

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Very carefully. Yea, I have done it, (with the electric company's
blessing) . I don't suggest anyone who has to ask how consider doing it
as missing one step could be your last one.

bullshit! total bullshit

Eric
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hallerb@aol.com
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2006 3:12 am    Post subject: Re: Bypassing Electric Meter Reply with quote

Awhile ago I heard about a guy who stole power by using auto jumper
cables attached to a tree pole pruner, jumping out the meter attaching
directly to the copper uninsulated service line......

he had a tree shaded area to work..
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