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Hi Everyone

I am just after some advice on the legality of the location of the electric and gas meter location in a house we are thinking of buying.

The current people have lived there since early 1970, not long after the house was built and they have done a lot of redecorating and alterations over the years. Whilst viewing i noticed that the incoming mains gas and electricity are in what was the under stairs cupboard (with the fuse box)

The hallway had been blocked off at kitchen end and front of the house end to make some shelves
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The under stairs cupboard was largely boarded up and a small door put in to access the meters. The small door is about 50cm X 50cm and would not fit an adult inside. I am just wondering if this (to your knowledge) is legal or safe? as the meters are accessible but not really to work on! ( i am thinking of the inevitable roll out of smart meters.)

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If I understand it the meters are under the stairs behind the shelving unit in the hallway. I think I would work with the shelving unit as it looks a little dated and incongruous to its surroundings. I would rework it to form a pull out section to give easy access when needed and paint it white.

I may of course totally misunderstood the layout.

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As far as I know the supply companies usually have requirements to allow access to meters and equipment for inspection or replacement.
They don't normally say anything as long as they can read the meters, but if and when they need changing, you'll have to make access for them.
Common sense really dictates that any equipment that may need to be accessed should be easily accessible.



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Dave54 wrote:
Common sense really dictates that any equipment that may need to be accessed should be easily accessible.

No it doesn't.
More often I find its "That box is ugly, :sign7: Build a cupboard in front of it and fill the cupboard with all of our junk"

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Dave54 wrote:
Common sense really dictates that any equipment that may need to be accessed should be easily accessible.

No it doesn't.
More often I find its "That box is ugly, :sign7: Build a cupboard in front of it and fill the cupboard with all of our junk"


But surely that's the opposite of "common sense"?
Or am I missing something? :scratch:
Nothing wrong with building a box, at least for the 'leccy, but it should be just for that.
Dunno about the gas. Doesn't that need to be ventilated?


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Yes it is the opposite of common sense, but people do it all the time :angryfire:

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That's true enough. I've been to places where you couldn't take the front off the CU, because of the "cupboard" built for it.
The best one though, although admittedly not a meter, was an immersion heater that couldn't be removed from the cylinder without cutting a hole in the ceiling.



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