"hiding" a water meter

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Topic by Becky posted 02-13-2011 02:26 PM 9961 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-13-2011 02:26 PM

Hey guys!

I know it’s been a while – still working through my tiling work in the bathroom and need to post updated pics to my project, BUT! I’ve got another question, and for some funny reason doesn’t appear as if it’s been asked about before. Has anybody doing a basement or otherwise reno/update ever had to ‘hide’ a water meter?

We’re shuffling our spaces around and putting a craft room in the basement. for the moment, I’m not finishing off all of the walls (the room is 42×12 ish) due to lack of time, but I do need to figure out if I could put up one section of wall to anchor some odd wall hanging things (trying to put as few holes in the masonry as I can). There’s a water meter right next to a preexisting shelving unit, then about another 25 or so feet of wall. The last homeowner built a huge box out of wooden panelling with a flip top – it was pretty ingenious but ugly and huge. thought I’d see if anybody else has had this dilemma and how it was solved? Thanks a bunch!

-- aspiring jill of all trades

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02-13-2011 02:28 PM

perhaps a picture would help.
And do you want “fun” or “classy” or just “unobtrusive”?

-- ~ Debbie, Ontario Canada

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02-14-2011 10:15 PM

. I’m with MsDebbieP. Add a photo to your query so we can help you visualize a solution. Without this input, maybe a decorative curtain or tapestry hung in front of it would help. And why is the water meter inside the house? How does the water company read it?

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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02-19-2011 03:38 AM

What I have done in the past, if you want something permanent. Build a box around it with 2” x 4”’s, running from floor to ceiling joists. Anchor the studs with “Tapcon” style concrete screws, (Drill correct hole and turn screws in with a cordless drill), to the concrete and wood screws to the floor joists. Then drywall and paint. Don’t make it too tight to the meter. If this is a meter that has to be read in the basement then you need to provide access for the meter reader. If not, then install an access panel large enough for work to be done on the plumbing and finish the rest. Keep in mind when building the layout if finishing the rest of the wall at a later date. Hope this helps.
William G. Yasovsky, Michael Yasovsky Construction Bellefonte, PA

-- William G. Yasovsky, Michael Yasovsky Construction, Bellefonte, PA

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