Some of you may know that I am in the process of doing some work on some land so that I can move onto it. In this process, I'm having to deal with a number of agencies to obtain permits, etc. so that I can proceed with the land prep work. Yesterday, I called the local electric coop to find out what I needed to do to get electricity to the site. Besides being told that I needed a couple of permits, I was also told that I needed to buy a meter pole and meter pan and install these things myself. I asked where I might find such things and the woman told me to get them at the local hardware store.
Today, I called the hardware store and was told that yes, they do have a meter pole and meter pan in stock. I asked about the price of the pole but forgot to ask about the price of the pan. Since the lady didn't sound like she really wanted to answer my questions, rather than calling her back, I thought I would just jump on the net to see what the typical price of a meter pan is. I just wanted to have a vague idea.
Thus began my search of Google, Yahoo!, MSN and Ask to find a price on meter pans.
I tried various combinations of search terms, including [meter pans], [buy meter pans], [electric meter pans], [buy electric meter pans], [meter pan cost], [meter pan for sale], etc. So far, I have been completely unsuccessful at finding anything that resembles a meter pan for sale.
Either there is not even one single meter pan for sale in the entire world of the Internet, or the search engines have failed miserably to service my request. Ok, I'll accept that I might possibly have missed searching for the one phrase that might magically produce appropriate results. But surely, with all the searches I tried, at least one of the 4 major search engines could have found at least one page that mentions the cost of a meter pan.
If anyone is bored, and decides to try to find the cost of a meter pan via a search, please let me know if you are successful, and which search term and search engine fulfilled the request.