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(785) Power Company Meter Locks


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My vises are made by Panavise, a U.S. Company.  The one with the wide jaws is the model 350.  The smaller one is the model 301. Both have the 312 Base mount – www.panavise.com



  1. Does anyone know if I need a license in Canada to posses lock picks at home for personal use, I am fascinated by it, its like a complicated puzzle for grownups that involves some dexterity.  In Canada they have a possession of burglary tools charge, does that apply in my own home for non criminal use?  Or in Canada do I need to be a locksmith to legally posses them?

  2. Personally, I would NEVER leave my tools onsite. Get a good trailer ( Featherlite) and outfit with your tools. Buy a good wheel lock ( Brahma) and tongue lock ( search YouTube). Think about an auto alarm for it too. NEVER park your trailer too far from YOU.

  3. we also use these in the Natural Gas industry sometimes they get rusty and the key will not work take a crescent wrench slide over the end and just push down they will break easily cheep metal

  4. Thanks… A non-destructive method to open the lock change out the panel or main breaker and reinstall. I hate when the utility company tells the electrical contractor to "just cut it off." This is a much safer method, and allows the electrician to secure the meter in the socket after work is complete. Awesome.

  5. Thanks! I have had to cut these before and it is not pleasant.

    Here, they use a very heavy steel girdle around the meter to keep people from "casually" tampering with it. It takes a grinder with cutoff blade to cut this. I have started a minor grass fire from grinder sparks going in dry grass near the meter. Also, it can throw sparks that discolor the building siding. And finally, I hate to be destructive, and often the meter box ends up with a few nicks or grinder marks.

    I will be practicing your technique on my meter to get the hang of it, before I have to do it for real.

  6. That lock looks more like the kind used on gas meters (at least where I'm from). When I was a meter tech this would have been real handy trick to know. Sometimes bugs lay eggs in the lock and pack the opening with dirt which will sometimes ruin the key. This video plus the supra and master key vault videos are a must watch for people who work with meters.

  7. I am a contractor in nj and I can tell you there is no way Pseg would tell you to "cut it off". I check the meter during the estimate and call them, they get there the next day.

  8. +bosnianbill can you please do a lock lab inventory or a video of your tools and locks. By the way you are the best YouTuber and lock picker I have seen. You are so good please keep do what your doing. I love your videos and love when you post. I started lock picking because of you. I have been watching you for a year know and I won't stop. Thank you.

  9. I have had one of these locks sitting on my shelf for years. It's closed and i never could figure out how to open it, Thanks Bill.

  10. Nice one Bill, did not have sound on my work PC but video view only painted the picture nicely buddy. Great video as always.

  11. Thanks Bill.. I'm an electrician, and have been stumped by that screw technique, always having to end up waiting for the power company.. You just saved me so much time and so many headaches.. As always you rule!!

  12. +bosnianbill Love your videos. I was wondering what your 2016 EDC kit looks like. Your last EDC video was from 3 years ago so now that you've been reviewing all these sets, have you updated it at all? Looking forward to your reply!

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