Only joking with the title, but I knew it would get your attention.
I have noticed a problem in my house (one among many). My water heater does not have a gas shut-off valve on the line (the clothes dryer does and so does the furnace).
Consequently, the only way to turn it off in an emergency would be at the meter.
I tried to turn the valve at the meter with a wrench but it just will not move. Am I missing something? Is there a lock-nut on the back?
I called the gas company to inform them of a potentially faulty valve, but all they did was come out, take a meter reading and paint the gas pipe. During a follow-up call to complain they informed me that they would not fix the valve since the only person who can shut-off gas at the meter is the gas company and they have a special tool to do this.
I am still worried that if I have a gas problem anywhere, but especially at the water meter, that the gas company will not be able to shift the valve.
Any advice would be appreciated.