How to Hide an Electric Meter Box

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How to Hide an Electric Meter Box
Verify your local electric company's rules on obstructing meter boxes to prevent a violation. (electric meter image by palms from Fotolia.com)

You can have the nicest front yard in the neighbourhood, but that ugly grey electrical meter box sticks out like a sore thumb. Even a discreet box will be hard for the weekend warrior to ignore. Before your hide that eyesore, check your local ordinances on obstructing electrical meter boxes to avoid a violation and fine.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Flowers
  • Paint
  • Paint
  • Nail
  • Hammer
  • Box cover

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Camouflage the meter box by painting it a colour that matches it's surroundings (the standard grey colour it comes in rarely matches with anything). If you're meter box is around a lot of plant life, paint the box green. Try painting the box the same colour as your house if it is attached to the side of your home. You can even paint bricks and stones onto the meter box if necessary.

  2. 2

    Plant flowers or large shrubs around the meter box. Even if the box is still visible to some extend, tall flowers and shrubbery will sufficiently distract the eye. Common plants that should grow tall enough to block your electric meter box from plain view are the Siberian peashrub, red rum honeysuckle and French pussy willow. Leave enough room between the meter box and the plants for easy access and call your electric company to verify your local ordinances on electric meter accessibility.

  3. 3

    Incorporate the meter box into a design or theme you have in your front yard. For example, suppose you have several bird houses in your front yard. Place several, taller bird houses around the meter box to blend the meter box in with the surroundings. Regardless of your theme, you can incorporate the meter box into backyard by adding colours and decorations around it.

  4. 4

    Mount a box cover around an indoor electric meter protruding from your wall. The box cover needs to be large about to completely cover the meter. If the box cover has a glass front, insert a picture to completely hide the meter from view. This will transform the box cover into a piece of artwork and one will know a meter is inside.

Tips and warnings

  • Never paint the inside of the meter box.

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