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Barrel Lock Meter Keys | Electrical Utility Meter Key 

Barrel Lock Meter Keys | Open Electrical Meter Panel

Barrel Lock Meter Key is the industry leader for developing tamper-indicating and tamper-deterrent security products through its innovation and research. While we manufacture security seals and locking devices for the transportation, retail, money handling and utility industries, the following pages of our web site will focus upon the utility market. For information on products that we sell to other industries, please refer to www.barrellockmeterkey.webs.com

Barrel Lock Meter Key Products Group (UPG) is the premier supplier of Metering-related products. The UPG is made up of three operating units:Barrel Lock Meter Products provides security seals and locking devices to secure metering points for electric, gas and water .

We carry all styles, types and models of meter keys. If you do not see what you are looking for just ask. 

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Unlocking A Utility Meter

Posted by charle on April 10, 2013 at 8:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Unlocking a utility meter lock is a simple process that is easy to learn with the right tool. For example, it is first important to be sure you are indeed using the correct key. Only a barrel lock meter key should be used to open a barrel lock or cylinder lock. Some websites and YouTube videos offer "hacks" or picking techniques designed to open one of these locks without the correct key. To ensure the long term integrity of a lock it is vital to only use a key that is the exact match for the lock in question. As more issues arrise with regard to utiltiy companies making errors on bills, consumers are seeing a much greater number of utiltiy service lockouts.

Finding The Right Utiltiy Meter Key

Posted by charle on April 8, 2013 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (2)

 Finding the right utility meter key is easy and only requires a little bit of research. While it can be time-consuming sorting through all the various utility meter keys designed for a wide range of cylinder and barrel locks, there are experts in the field that can quickly locate the exact key for your particular project. The experts found through this website can quickly ascertain which key you need for a particular meter lock. By simply going to our contact page and calling or e-mailing us we can quickly and efficiently locate the exact key for your particular needs. The right utility meter key must be used for the lock in question to avoid damaging the meter lock. In some cases it may be necessary to take a photo of the lock in question and e-mail that to us so that we may be sure to provide you with the right meter key. Contact us today and get the exact key that you need.

How to Remove an Electric Meter and Relocate It

Posted by charle on April 8, 2013 at 2:00 AM Comments comments (0)

 

During remodeling and building projects, it can become necessary to remove an electric meter and box and relocate it to a new position on the structure. Most of the time, this process is done in the opposite direction. The new meter box is mounted and readied for the meter to be inserted into it. At that time, the old meter is removed and plugged into the new box. However, if both the box and the meter are being relocated, then it is necessary to remove the meter and box before moving it.

Instructions

1

Turn off the electricity to the structure before opening the meter box. In most cases, this will require a call to the electric company for them to come out and disconnect the service. Use a pair of wire cutters and snip the metal seal on the meter box so that the box can be opened.

 2

Open the meter box. Grip the electric meter with both hands and pull it toward you. The meter will unplug from the meter box. Carefully, set the meter some place safe where it can be stored until you are ready to plug it into the box at the new location.

 3

Place a ladder next to the location of the meter box and climb up and use a wrench to disconnect the three large connectors that hold the utility cables to the cables coming from your weather head connected to your meter box. Loosen and remove any clamps that hold the weather head to the structure. A wrench or screwdriver will be needed to remove these clamps.

 4

Locate the wire coming out of the bottom of the meter box that runs to the ground rod nearby. The ground rod will be sticking out of the ground near the foundation of the house. Use a wrench to loosen the clamp and pull the wire loose from the rod. Try to pull the rod out of the ground. If you cannot work it loose, you may need to replace it at the new location.

 5

Loosen the three lugs in the lower half of the meter box with a wrench. Pull all three wires out from under the lugs and out of the meter box. Remove the screws inside the meter box that hold the box to the building. Use a cordless electric drill with the correct type of bit for this task. The meter box and weather head should now be free from the building.

 6

Carry the entire assembly to the new location where it is to be mounted. Measure up from the ground a distance of 5 feet and mark the spot on the wall. Hold a level just above the spot and draw a level straight line across the area where the meter box will be installed.

 7

Place the bottom of the meter box along the line and drive the screws through the back of the box and into the wall. Pull the three wires coming from inside the building into the meter box. The two power cables will either both be black or one will be black and the other will be red. It does not matter which one is attached on what side. Slide the ends of the cables under the two lugs in the center of the lower half of the meter box and tighten the lugs with a wrench.

 8

Slide the end of the white ground cable into the lug in the vertical middle of the box and off to one side. Tighten the lug with the wrench. Use a hammer and drive the ground rod into the ground near the foundation of the building and under the meter box. Use a wrench to reinstall the clamp and fasten the ground wire to the rod.

 9

Use the ladder and a wrench to reattach the clamps to hold the weather head in place on the side of the building. Plug the meter back into the meter box and shut the lid. Call the utility company to come and turn the power on and complete the hook ups. Normally, the power company prefers to make the overhead connections at the top of the weather head. They will also put a new wire seal on the meter box.

 Tips & Warnings

Never open a meter box until after the electricity has been turned off.

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How to Change an Electric Meter

Posted by charle on April 6, 2013 at 9:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Changing your electric meter might be necessary if it the dials are broken, it is worn out, or you are upgrading to a more efficient system. However, it is a task only to be undertaken by a professional electrician. Any attempt to change an electricity meter by an untrained person could result in electrocution, and is also likely a violation of power company policies. Your electricity provider will want to ensure it has been installed correctly, that safety standards have been adhered to and that the appropriate readings have been taken. Does this Spark an idea?

Instructions

1

Look at your electricity bill and check who your supplier is. Find the customer service helpline number. This is found on your account statement, but you can also log onto the internet and search the company's website.

 

2

Contact the number and ask for advice. Explain that you want to change your electric meter. If you are experiencing problems including the dials moving too fast, malfunctions or corrosive damage, then tell the adviser about these.

 

3

Ask how to change your electric meter. Let them know if you are switching suppliers so you can settle your account. Then, contact your new supplier and ask them to change the meter instead.

 

4

Book an appointment with an engineer for an inspection of the electric meter. Inform him of any concerns you have. The engineer has tools and apparatus suitable for testing the electricity circuit. He will take meter readings, note the electricity set up and order the correct new meter for your property.

 

5

Schedule a suitable time for you to be at home when the new meter is fitted. Replacing the meter involves disconnecting the main power supply to the house, cutting power cables and reconnecting the new meter.

 

6

Stay at home while the meter is changed. Unplug all your appliances, and turn off all the switches as a safety precaution. If you have food in the fridge or freezer, do not forget to transfer it to a friend or neighbour's fridge to ensure that it does not go bad during the procedure.

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How the Locking Mechanism on an Electric Meter Box Works

Posted by charle on April 6, 2013 at 9:05 PM Comments comments (6)

Electric utility companies use a variety of locks to secure your meter. These locks prevent people from tampering with the electric meter, such as changing the meter's usage readout. No matter what type of locking system a utility company installs, most of the lock cylinders utilize what is commonly called a barrel lock.

 Pins

Barrel locks use pins to turn the cylinder of the lock instead of a key. A barrel lock is also used on vending machines. The key is circular in design, with slots on the end. The key slides over the barrel cylinder of the lock and turns the pins. The lock disengages, and you can then open the electric meter.

 Dust Cap

The dust cap is a ball that rests on the end of the barrel lock. The device seals the barrel lock, preventing it from getting contaminated by water or other corrosive material. Once the circular pin key is inserted, it presses down on the dust cap, allowing the key to engage the pins of the lock cylinder.

 Bevel

The barrel lock has a beveled or sloped head around the cylinder. The head prevents the lock from being turned by pliers, vise-grip pliers or other grasping tools. The barrel head cannot be broken off.

 Location

Many of the electric-meter box locks are located at the bottom of the panel or under the meter. Some locks, such as the Sidewinder lock sold by McGard, has two barrel locks located on opposite corners of the meter panel. This type of lock slips onto the edges of the box and cover, securing the electric meter. The same key will open both locks.

 Construction

The barrel locks used on electric meters are constructed so technicians can replace the parts, instead of replacing the entire locking system. You can replace the barrel, pins, casing or dust cap if any of these parts become damaged. Any one of the parts that gets replaced does not prevent the utility technician from using the same key to open the panel.

 Crimp Locks

Few utility companies still use the crimp lock that attaches the electric meter. The crimp lock has a U-shaped pin that inserts into the panel button. A cap or cover slides over the U-shaped pin and is crimped into place with a crimping tool. Any time the meter requires maintenance or repair, the crimp lock is cut off by the technician and a new lock is installed. Each month a meter reader inspects the electric meter and records the readings. If the meter reader notices the crimp lock has been tampered with, he notifies the utility company. TO SEE HOW YOU CAN OPEN THE ELECTRIC METER PANEL  Go to our website at  www.barrellockmeterkey.com   our you can call us at 951-545-8822.,

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Where To Get a Barrel Lock Meter Key?

Posted by charle on April 6, 2013 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Where to get a barrel lock meter key is quite easy if you have found this blog and our associated website. We are the experts on every version of the meter key for barrel locks. It is importnat to understand that there is a wide array of barrel locks for various gas, water and electric meter applications. Going with a trusted company that knows meter locks and keys is important to getting the right key for the job. Using the wrong key to try to open a barrel lock usually spells trouble. It can not only damage the lock but also the key itself. We are the industry experts on evey type of meter key out there. Contact our knowledgable staff with identifying numbers or photo's of the lock you are working with and we will advise you of the correct meter key for the job. This will ensure that you maintain the integrity of the lock for future use and that you do not damage the key itself.

Using a Meter Key Correctly

Posted by charle on April 4, 2013 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Using a meter key correctly is a little different than using a standard key for a standard lock. Because the meter lock used most often is a cylinder lock there is also a custom key that is used. This key is far more precise than your typical pad lock key. Because it is so precise it must be used carefully so as to avoid damage to both the lock and the meter key. The process itself is quite simple in that a plunger is injected into a hole in the top of the barrel lock and a plunger actuated. The process is then reversed and the lock is unloced. The same process is reversed to lock a barrel lock again.

Using The Right Key To Unlock a Meter Lock

Posted by charle on April 2, 2013 at 12:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Using the right key to unlock a meter lock is important to insuring the integrity of that lock. There are a number of videos on YouTube that show how to attempt to open a meter lock with a #2 screw. We do not advise this practice or recommend this kind of activity. It will almost always result in damage to the meter lock. In fact, anything other than a genuine meter key designed specifically for the lock in question should be used. Once a meter lock is dammaged it will not function correctly and it may become necessary to cut the lock off with bolt cutters. Technicians can avoid this situation by only using approved meter keys.

How To Remove a Meter Lock

Posted by charle on April 1, 2013 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

There are a number of ways to remove a meter lock that is commonly used on a wide range of utility boxes. There is a correct way and an incorrect way to remove meter locks. The correct way is to use an approved barrel lock meter key that is appropriate for the lock in question. Only the designated key intended to work with the lock in question should be used. The incorrect way to remove a meter key is with a screw, screw driver or any unapproved device. This approch to unlocking a barrel lock causes damage and renders the lock useless. In addition, the lock may become stuck in the locked position making it impossible to remove without cutting. if you need to buy a meter key call us at 951-545-8822

Why do Utility Meters Have Locks

Posted by charle on March 31, 2013 at 12:15 PM Comments comments (0)

For all the obvious reasons is the short answer. Most often a gas meter, electric meter or water meter can be locked out for failure to pay a monthly utility bill. In other cases a homeowner going on vacation can lock out there own utility services to ensure that no unauthorized access will occur. Either way most utilities have a lock-out function. Homeowners wishing to lock-out there own utility services should consider using the highly effective barrel lock and barel lock key combination. This is the industry standard lock and key that is most effective in locking-out various utilities. While a standard padlock will work in some cases, the barrel lock or cylinder lock is a far superior device. In addition, the key used for these locks is quite uncommon, making it even more difficult for others to access your utilities.

Smart Meters Banned in Ojai California

Posted by charle on March 30, 2013 at 1:05 AM Comments comments (0)

In a recent landmark move last week the city of Ojai became the first local government in the country to pass an ordinance banning any type of smart meters from being installed on resident's homes. This is a move in the right direction and will likely spread to more cities and municipalities around the country. Ample evidence exists to support the assertion that smart meters are dangerous to health and open the door to violations of individual privacy. In addition, a growing number of local governments throughout California have stated their opposition to the dangerous smart grid technology. Media coverage of this important event can be viewed here. While the full article relating to this smart meter resistance can be read here. Stopping dangerous smart meter installations on residential homes with applicable laws must occur one city at a time.

Never Tamper With a Barrel Lock

Posted by charle on March 29, 2013 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

 While there may be some cases where the urge to tamper with a barrel lock presents itself, in truth the only right way to open a barrel lock or cylinder lock is to use the proper tool or meter key. A quick search of the Internet or YouTube will likely turn up dozens of references to ways to open a barrel with everything from a screwdriver to a wood screw. While this may seem like an inexpensive way to open a lock it is quite to the contrary. In almost every case tinkering with a lock using an unapproved device will in some way damage the lock and prevent it from operating normally in the future. Picking a barrel lock or tampering with a barrel lock should never be attempted and should always be avoided. Those who offer lock picking advice with regard to barrel locks and meter locks are doing customers a disservice and usually end up costing them money and trouble. Stay safe and use approved keys when trying to open a barrel lock.

Utility Meter Locks and Keys

Posted by charle on March 27, 2013 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Almost all utility meters have a provision for a lock out function. In other words utility companies can indeed lock-out a customer from water, electric or gas services for non-payment. The interesting thing worth understanding is that locks for utility meters are usually non-standard type locks that require the use of a special key to lock and unlock. In most cases the lock used is a cylinder type lock that uses a plunger type key. There are cases where customers have attempted to pick these locks with a screw or other household item. This is not recommended as it damages the lock rendering it useless. There are a number of videos that have surfaced online that show this poorly planned procedure. The subject of utility meters and lock-out procedures has seen a huge rise in popularity as recent economic times have become more challenging making it more difficult for customers to pay utility bills.

NYC Con Edison Meter Key Basics

Posted by charle on March 26, 2013 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)

The NYC Con Edison meter key basics are quite simple in that having the right key for the right job is vitally important. In fact, when dealing with a Con Edison meter lock it is important to make sure that you have the right tool to avoid damaging a delicate meter lock. Con Edison like other power companies around the country uses a unique lock and key system that is specific to that particular power companies operation. The typical lock used in this type of application is a barrel lock or what is sometimes known as a cylinder lock. Each type barrel lock has a specific meter key that is designed to work specifically with that unique lock. A NYC Con Edison type meter key can be located throughout the pages of this website by technicians and Con Edison utility workers when necessary. When a Con Edison meter key becomes damaged, lost or stolen, replacing these unique meter keys is simple when you have the right resources.

Where To Buy a Barrel Lock Meter Key

Posted by charle on March 25, 2013 at 10:40 PM Comments comments (0)

There are indeed many places to buy a barrel lock meter key, such as this site for example. However, not all businesses, especially those online, can deliver quality tools and meter keys that are certified, real and professional. Our site is one company that puts customer service and total customer satisfaction as a top priority. We talk with our customers when they buy barrel lock meter keys from our company and back our products with our personal guarantee. Technicians and utility workers seeking to replace missing or broken meter keys should only buy from trusted names like this website. In some instances, people online have even posted videos on how to pick a barrel lock meter with a wood screw. This is not only dangerous but it damages the barrel lock and can cause other additional problems. Always use trusted products, tools and meter keys from a trusted source. Go to our contact page for more information.

How to Open a Barrel Lock?

Posted by charle on March 25, 2013 at 2:45 AM Comments comments (0)

If you don't have the key to the barrel lock then you are trying to pick it. Barrel locks are much harder to pick seeing that they use pins instead of keys. You can not use any sort of pin key, they come in different numbered pins. So be sure that you have the right one. To learn more about this go to www.barrellockmeterkey.com

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Unlocking an Electrical Meter Box

Posted by charle on March 24, 2013 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

  Unlocking an electrical meter box it is really quite simple and only requires understanding how the actual lock is constructed. A power meter box typically uses a lock that is comprised of a solid type rod with a uniquely shaped head that is flared. This type assembly allows for steel spring type blades to engage and effectively lock. An electrical meter box panel lock has a spring loaded type sleeve within a solid housing. This lock assembly or housing is typically mounted internally or external to the meter box itself. The proper way to open an electrical panel lock is to use the right tool or meter key. Using an incompatible or improper tool or key can ultimately damage a lock and make a panel accessible. When using the right electrical meter key the spring loaded type sleeve releases the spring type blades and unlocks the lock.

Smart Meter Debate in the Texas House

Posted by charle on March 21, 2013 at 10:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Austin Texas — The national smart meter debate went super-nova in the Texas House on Wednesday as concerned citizens voiced opinions over privacy infringement and health dangers associated with smart meters (Dallas News). More than one lawmaker voiced concerns that long-term health effects related to smart meters were sketchy at best. The main thrust of the debate was whether or not consumers should have a choice with regard to having smart meters installed. Some lawmakers have proposed that homeowners be given the option to reject smart meter installation by utility companies. Dangers to pace-maker patients was also discussed in the Texas House debate on smart meters. While some did suggest that these new technologically advanced meters help improve electricity usage, most argue that the risks far outweigh the benefits. One representative was quoted as saying that vulnerable citizens should be protected from the dangers of smart meters. Smart meters have been clearly shown to emit dangerous levels of electromagnetic frequencies.

What is a Water Meter Lock?

Posted by charle on March 21, 2013 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (0)

A water meter lock is simply a lock that is used to prevent the normal flow of water through a typical water meter. The most common type of lock used for this type of application is a cylinder lock. The cylinder lock or barrel lock as it is often called is a cylindrical type lock that is inserted into the opening in the water meter locking assembly. It is usually an integral part of the shut-off valve on the meter assembly. Once installed the cylinder lock is very secure and difficult to cut or tamper with. Removal without the aid of the proper key designed specifically for cylinder or barrel locks is nearly impossible. These locks are generally resistant to water penetration and corrosion. The lock is a highly precision type lock that usually fits perfectly for its intended use and as such is the lock of choice for must water utility companies. Gas utilities and electrical utilities also take advantage of these versatile locks. Technicians and utility works appreciate the ease and speed with which these locks can be applied and removed.

Utility Meter Locks

Posted by charle on March 21, 2013 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Utility meter locks are designed to be low profile type locking mechanisms that are unbreakable. In addition, locks used for a wide range of utility meters such as gas, electric and water are designed not to rust and to discourage tampering. These locks clamp tightly and securely and are low profile by design to reduce the likelihood of being damaged or removed by unauthorized means. Gas meter locks, electrical meter locks, and water meter locks are all designed to provide long-term protection for a variety of utilities that have been locked out for whatever reason. Utility workers are able to quickly and efficiently attach these locks to a wide range of meters to efficiently and effectively secure meters when required. The utility meter lock consists of the primary lock shaft and an end cap. These meter locks require a special meter lock key to lock and unlock the device.


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