How can i cover/hide this electric meter?
This unsightly electric meter is located on the wall on our deck where we entertain. I have looked everywhere for realistic ideas but have found nothing that works for us. Would like something rustic that would work well with an outdoor kitchen.
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How can i cover/hide this electric meter?
This unsightly electric meter is located on the wall on our deck where we entertain. I have looked everywhere for realistic ideas but have found nothing that works fo... See more
I've seen lattice with the meter cut out, vines covering the lattice, looked great
If you go to Pinterest and type in "hide electric meter on house" in the search box, you will see some of the most incredible ideas people have come up with! I was blown away at the creativity and I hope you find one you like.
Carol, thank you for your suggestion but I have looked on Pinterest as well doing a web search but did not find anything that would fit the look i am going for. I was hoping to find some fresh ideas here in Hometalk
Best check with your electric company, first. Some prohibit hiding the meter in any fashion. They may provide you with options.
I suggest paint it a brick red color. It will be there but blend in
Paint the pipe and meter, but not the glass covering the numbers they have to read, a color that matches the brick of your house! At least it will blend in better with your house!
I don't think you are supposed to cover the face of those boxes. I would check with your electric company first. You could paint a brick design on the box that matches your house and it should blend in pretty well. A planter box above it and some ivy hanging down would look nice as well.
As a former gas worker, having a meter covered makes it very difficult and makes it a safety issues when needing access to the meter. I suggest asking your electric company to come replace the meter since it looks like in rough condition. Plus they might have an upgrade program. But I wouldn't block any utility.
How about using the opening of a wire basket and fitting it over the meter with hooks. Then you can put silk greenery or flowers in the holes to hide the meter. You can change out the decor as the seasons or holidays change. Or you can use a Robin Nesting box to cover it by cutting off the back of the box.... or you can just build a box to cover it. For whimsy, stencil the word "tips" on it.
Better check with the utility first. Hate to see you spend money and have the utility say something otherwise. There meter readers still need access to it.
You could build a 3 sided wood or vinyl box/beam to cover it from top to bottom. Build two of them, attach them to the house, add adjustable shelving for potted plants or decor items to dress up the area. Best of luck.
I dont think there is a problem with paint. (Just not the face, obviously) My utility wanted me to cut the bush I planted in front of it because it became difficult to read it. Where one response said: older box, they might upgrade you to a digital one, especially if you are unsure if you are getting accurate readings ;) but that being said, they will let you know. I was thinking paint it and hang a wreath around it, depending upon where the meter is. I put a rectangular basket with handle on top of my box and had evergreen branches in the basket. My pole only goes up to the box so the cement grey matches the cement foundation. I planted a smaller bush in front and there was no problem. We built our house, so we knew that the conduit went down another 5 or so feet. If you are able to plant at the base of it, you should call Dig Safe first, it is free. That way you would be sure that you could dig down without hitting utilities.