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Default Gas meter in bedroom?

Never saw this one before, and I can't find any info about it. Are gas meters allowed in bedrooms?
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You got to be kidding.
Those people crazy or what? Gas Meters have vents on them, how did it smell?



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Why not?
Meters are not supposed to leak.

If it was a gas using appliance that would be different however if it was leaking it would effect the entire home not just the bedroom.

Here is Peoples gas code though you may wish to check local..

Meter Installation Requirements
Peoples Energy recommends that meters supplied from medium
pressure service pipes be installed outside of the building.
For medium-pressure areas in Chicago, service regulators shall
be installed. Peoples Energy’s practice is to install both the
regulators and meters outside of the structure. An outside
installation makes it easier for Peoples Energy to maintain meters
and regulators while freeing up interior space for customer use.
Gas meters shall be located:
1. In a ventilated and readily accessible area.
2. At least 3’ from sources of ignition (including electrical circuit
breaker boxes, meters, and receptacles) or any sources of
heat that may damage the meter for inside installations.
3. A minimum of 12” above ground for outside meter installations.
(See Figure 3 on Page 8.)
4. Away from obstructions, such as downspouts and windows.
Meters will be installed only after the following:
1. All inside piping (house piping and building service pipe)
has been pressure tested for tightness and approved by Peoples
Energy field service personnel.
2. House piping is properly supported, sized, and capped (or
plugged), and floor (or unit) locations are identified.
Gas meters will not be installed in these instances:
1. In locations that interfere with pedestrian or vehicular traffic
flow.
2. Under an interior stairway that is the sole exit or is designated
as an emergency exit.
3. Under fire escapes.
4. Directly above or below an operable window.
5. Higher than 7’ to ensure meters can be easily read and
maintained. (See Figure 23 on Page 53.)
6. In a space occupied by another owner or tenant
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It is being discussed at: http://www.inspectionnews.net/home_i...s-bedroom.html



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Default Re: Gas meter in bedroom?

Marcel - that discussion is dealing more with the fact that the bedroom itself is illegal. No smell from the gas meter, but the laundry hamper was ripe LOL!!!
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Bob - I couldn't find a reason why it shouldn't be there, but it still doesn't seem right.
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Bob - I couldn't find a reason why it shouldn't be there, but it still doesn't seem right.
It should at least be vented to the exterior.

The local gas provider likely has specific requirements for meters located in doors.



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Doesn't this say it all?

Gas meters shall be located:

1. In a ventilated and readily accessible area.
2. At least 3’ from sources of ignition (including electrical circuit
breaker boxes, meters, and receptacles) or any sources of
heat that may damage the meter for inside installations.
3. A minimum of 12” above ground for outside meter installations.
(See Figure 3 on Page 8.)
4. Away from obstructions, such as downspouts and windows.
Meters will be installed only after the following:
1. All inside piping (house piping and building service pipe)
has been pressure tested for tightness and approved by Peoples
Energy field service personnel.
2. House piping is properly supported, sized, and capped (or
plugged), and floor (or unit) locations are identified.

Gas meters will not be installed in these instances:
1. In locations that interfere with pedestrian or vehicular traffic
flow.
2. Under an interior stairway that is the sole exit or is designated
as an emergency exit.
3. Under fire escapes.
4. Directly above or below an operable window.
5. Higher than 7’ to ensure meters can be easily read and
maintained. (See Figure 23 on Page 53.)
6. In a space occupied by another owner or tenant




Gas regulators can leak gas when there are spikes in pressure.



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I see meters in homes all the time and mine is in the home also.
They read remotely.

Check local codes for more.
Marcel the last part about owner or tenant I take to mean because of access.
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I would write them up if seen inside.



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Fairly common to see them inside in this area, just not in a bedroom.
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Not up here.



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Never stopped to think about some meters not having the regulator at hand on top of it.

I guess it is legal as long as the regulator is remote.

§ 192.353 Customer meters and regulators: Location.

(a) Each meter and service regulator, whether inside or outside a building, must be installed in a readily accessible location and be protected from corrosion and other damage, including, if installed outside a building, vehicular damage that may be anticipated. However, the upstream regulator in a series may be buried.

(b) Each service regulator installed within a building must be located as near as practical to the point of service line entrance.

(c) Each meter installed within a building must be located in a ventilated place and not less than 3 feet (914 millimeters) from any source of ignition or any source of heat which might damage the meter.

(d) Where feasible, the upstream regulator in a series must be located outside the building, unless it is located in a separate metering or regulating building.



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http://search.yahoo.com/r/_ylt=A0oG7...nStandards.pdf

4.3.2.1 An inside meter set assembly must be located as near as practical to the point where the
service line enters the building.
(A) The meter set assembly must not be installed in unventilated or confined space; it must
always be readily accessible.




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Most common I see in many homes (50's/60"s ) is walled off with hatch (similar to picture) with glass bock and facing the gangway for the meter reader.
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