Down Side To Smart Meters..Before I sign Up

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Mick F
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Re: Down Side To Smart Meters..Before I sign Up

Postby Mick F » 6 Dec 2018, 4:03pm

rjb wrote:
Mick F wrote:The Southwest Water chappy 15 years ago - when there were mains water issues in the village - said to me that they wouldn't give planning permission for a house here these days as they couldn't provide a decent water supply.


When i lived in Plymouth, not far from Friary Station in a victorian terrace we had lead pipes delivering our water. They didnt upgrade to copper until i was in my teens - during the 1960's. Perhaps they havent got as far as gunnislake yet. You may even be relying on Drakes leat. :lol:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Q7jlpJxxhE

Iron pipework.
Rust in the system.

They injected some sort of plastic coating into the pipes to seal them. The job took weeks as they isolated lengths of pipework to do it right through.
We still have reddy brown deposits from time to time in our hot water system as no doubt it's settled in the bottom of the hot water tank. Not seen any deposits for a couple of months, but even though the job was done 15 years ago, it's took it's time to finally clean out.
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Re: Down Side To Smart Meters..Before I sign Up

Postby Whippet » 11 Dec 2018, 1:16pm

One of my customers just paid a heavy price for his smart meter installation yesterday:

1. When the meter installer turned the power back on he managed to blow the boiler PCB. Maybe just bad luck, but the PCB would have probably carried on quite happily without this intervention.

2. The incompetent meter installer mistakenly mistook a slight mark on the wall near the ROOM SEALED modern boiler for combustion spillage and capped off the house gas supply. Any experienced gas engineer would be able to tell that this mark was just the usual faint marking that is caused by warm air from heating pipes circulating up the wall. The sort of thing you see above radiators.

My customer is now £400 worse off this morning.

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Re: Down Side To Smart Meters..Before I sign Up

Postby rjb » 15 Dec 2018, 5:34pm

rjb wrote:Direct Debits aren't all perfect. My dual fuel provider has hiked my Direct Debit payment with out consulting me as they quote " expect me to use more fuel over the winter". They ignore my readings and the meter reader readings and over estimate my consumption. Several small energy firms are going bust as they have to purchase their energy on the spot market and their business model hasn't allowed for the recent price increases. I suspect mine may be going the same way and they are trying to maximise their income now by overcharging their customers to keep themselves afloat :(
Its "One select" if anyone wants to avoid them, but I am tied into a 12 month deal. :(


As predicted they went bust. Heard today on moneybox Radio 4. :(
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Re: Down Side To Smart Meters..Before I sign Up

Postby philvantwo » 15 Dec 2018, 8:27pm

What times moneybox on? I listened to 'You and yours' after reading Mick F's post but it's not all that good. He's not got a BBC licence so he shouldn't be listening to it really.
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Re: Down Side To Smart Meters..Before I sign Up

Postby pete75 » 15 Dec 2018, 8:35pm

philvantwo wrote:What times moneybox on? I listened to 'You and yours' after reading Mick F's post but it's not all that good. He's not got a BBC licence so he shouldn't be listening to it really.


You don't need a licence to listen to the wireless.

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Re: Down Side To Smart Meters..Before I sign Up

Postby rjb » 15 Dec 2018, 9:58pm

Here's a link to today's programme. No licence required. :lol:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0001lv7
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Re: Down Side To Smart Meters..Before I sign Up

Postby Mick F » 16 Dec 2018, 9:42am

On line radio in the house usually R4 and often Radio Cornwall.
Car has DAB usually R4 but if Mrs Mick F is in the car driving, she listens to R2.

No TVL required to listen to the radio these enlightened days.
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