In this video, This Old House carpenter Nathan Gilbert helps a homeowner block their gas meter from the road with a simple yet attractive removable utility cover.
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Utilities in front of our homes aren’t always the most attractive lawn ornaments we could ask for. When a homeowner’s utility cover was on its last legs, he reached out to Nathan Gilbert for a new solution. Nathan’s plan is to build a new cover from weather-resistant materials and give that old gas meter a clean new look that also meets code.
Where to find it?
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To build the cover Nathan starts by measuring, marking, and cutting the 4×4” posts to
the correct height and width. He cuts 4 posts for the sides and 3 posts for the bottom.
To secure the frame together, Nathan uses exterior grade deck screws [https://homedepot.sjv.io/DK1Qja].
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To secure the decking to the frame, he uses deck screws on the face of the composite.
He adds a wood glue [https://homedepot.sjv.io/KjPqLn] to the mitered edges for extra strength.
To add the house numbers, Nathan measures and marks the location, so it’s perfectly
centered on the front of the box. He then secures the house numbers to the front of the
box using the provided screws.
After placing the cover around the gas meter, add weights for extra support.
All supplies are available at your local home store. Special assistance provided by Tulsa Remote [https://tulsaremote.com/].
Special Thanks to Jasmine Teer, Chad Previch, Oklahoma Natural Gas [https://www.oklahomanaturalgas.com/].
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