How To Read A Gas Meter

Every housekeeper should know how to read a gas meter, and should from time to time check the quarterly gas bill.

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Cubic Feet. When taking a house the gas company should be made acquainted with the fact, and one of their men should read the meter to avoid all responsibility for gas consumed by previous tenants.

The diagram on p. 53 represents a small gas meter. In the case of a new meter all three hands point to O, which position is called zero. As the occupants of the house commence the use of the gas, the hand on the dial to the right (marked hundreds) moves round to the right just as the hand of a clock progresses. Each figure it reaches speaks of the use of 100 feet of gas, and when it has travelled round the whole circle it indicates that 1000 feet have been consumed. By this time the pointer in the centre dial will have moved towards the left hand till it reaches I, thus recording that 1000 feet have been burnt. When the pointer on the right-hand dial has moved right round once more, then the centre pointer will have moved to the left till it reaches 2, thus indicating that 2000 feet have been consumed, and so on. When the centre pointer has travelled right round its circle, the pointer of the left-hand dial will have reached 1 on the right hand, recording that 10,000 feet have been used. Thus each dial indicates how many revolutions have been made.

The diagram shows that 49,900 cubic feet of gas have been consumed. A little practice renders the reading of a meter quite easy.


These have been in many rooms superseded by brackets, which distribute the light more equally; but in dining-rooms, where the light is concentrated on the table, and in older houses, they are still to be met with. Those which have the weights attached are known as the " water-slide," and require that every two or three months about two table-spoonsful of water should be carefully put into the cup-like receptacle near the top, as this seals the gas and prevents its escape. A little glycerine added to this water retards evaporation. A bubbling noise indicates that a fresh supply of water is necessary; but it should not be allowed to become so dry as to make its want known. It should always be refilled by daylight, because if a light were brought near the empty cup the unsealed gas would probably cause an explosion.

Gilt And Bronze

It is well to wash gilt chandeliers occasionally with onion water, as this prevents flies from marking it, the smell being objectionable to them. Bronze chandeliers may be cleaned by rubbing with a soft rag on which is a little vaseline.