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Created On: 31 January 2013 07:57 PM
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 31 January 2013 07:57 PM
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scott

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Hi I have a customer who wants to use one of these old style coin meters to switch the boiler on out of hours .Now I know the max output is 60 amps and generally they would cover the whole house/flat.However does anyone know what the insides pull ie the switch to turn the meter on inside. I can't seem to find this information.Would 0.75mm flex be ok ?Will try ringing up some of the makers tommorrow.In the meantime ...does anyone have any knowledge of these type meters .Thanks Scott

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 31 January 2013 08:14 PM
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If I understand the question correctly then 0.75 flex should be fine (as no doubt the boiler is protected by a 3 amp fuse)

You might need to check the meter will "meter" such a low current. Some needed a few amps to get them to roll.


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 31 January 2013 09:14 PM
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I'm having similar thoughts, what will you set the Kilowatt hour rate at?

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 31 January 2013 10:03 PM
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scott

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Thanks Stu

Andy the owner has used it before so it's set on ?

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 31 January 2013 10:21 PM
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If it has been used for general supply to a flat or similar I'd guess at around 6kW hours per pound coin, hard to say exactly I'm on one of the tariffs where the first part of usage is at a higher rate in lieu of a standing charge, making it difficult to calculate a single rate.

6kW hours just running boiler controls will be a hell of a long on time.

I'd have thought you need something similar to this https://www.eurocoin.co.uk/products/security-products/timers/320xxxxx-coin-operated-timers

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 01 February 2013 12:06 AM
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alancapon

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You also need to be aware that there is a legally enforceable OFGEM document which sets out the maximum resale price for gas and electricity. You should find it on their website.

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 01 February 2013 08:32 AM
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scott

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He got the meter from his friend who used to be an engineer for the electricity company,so I believe that it would of been set accordingly.

However its a good point and I will mention it to him .Thanks

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