Read the gas meter preparatory to sending it off to OVO on line. Once on line I discovered that there was already a reading entered for 19 June – by smart meter !!* I can only assume that the plumber did it when he was altering the gas supply, or possibly, that once the protective fibreglass cover was removed the smart meter was able to communicate, being unshielded. I messaged the plumber to ask him about it, but no reply as yet (12.50 pm).
Outside weeding between us and a neighbour I heard a voice and chatted away thinking it was his daughter. Eventually I turned around and saw two strangers who I quickly sussed as being Jehovah’s Witnesses. The lady tried to convince me via 2 Timothy (on her mobile phone) that all was going downhill and the end was nigh. We chatted amicably for some time and I was able to say something which enabled the conversation to end. I tried to deter them from going to our neighbour’s (he has been unwell) house, but I don’t know if I succeeded.
Meanwhile the Skoda came back from Rogersons all OK, and Bruce had a look at the passenger door lock arrangements on the Toyota. All very embarrassing ! He simply pulled up the lock/unlock knob provided for the purpose and that was that. Then he and I put some Duck Oil into the boot lid lock and that freed itself up straight away too.
*Background : We have two smart meters, one on the electricity supply on the north side of the house, and one on the gas supply which is on the south facing wall. The electricity meter works well and our account is always up to date.The gas meter has never worked properly and a passing gas engineer told me that it uses the Vodaphone telephone network and the mast for that is away to the north of us, so that the gas meter is completely shielded by the house. Thus I have to read it each month and send the reading in via our online account. So, smart meters are not very smart.
The plumber replied and said that he did not send in any meter reading, but he did switch the meter off while working on the supply. He wonders if so doing caused the meter to send a signal. But why does the signal not get through at other times ? My suspicion is that whilst the work was going on and the fibre glass cover over the meter was removed, the signal transmitter was unshielded and maybe that was what enabled the signal to get out.