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Chesterfield, MO
reply to FFH

Re: When was last time your electric meter chkd by gov't?

They don't replace the meter casing. They replace the device with the spinner inside the glass bubble. My casing is also painted to match the siding. I had my meter replaced with one that transmits the readings through the cellular network (no more meter reader). They sent a notice on your bill that it would be replaced but they did not schedule it and yes, the power went out when they did it.

The only reason I know it was replaced is because it one day I was looking at it and noticed it now has some digital innards.

The gas company recently did the same kind of replacement. I don't know how they did it, but my fireplace and water heter pilot lights did not go out. There was a writeup in the local paper about how they do this but I didn't pay any attention. Apparently, whatever they do is pretty slick.