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Old 10-20-2008, 02:00 PM
 
Location: Sugar Land, Texas
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Did you find those kids dead on the side of your house, too?

I'd have the unit inside the fence as well. You can put a lock on the gate for some sort of deterrance. It's not perfect but anything you can do will help.

If it makes you feel better, the only stories of stolen units I've heard of have been on the news.
I've seen it when house-hunting.... remnants of an A/c unit left on the ground and all the good stuff ripped out.

Also, there's a catch 22 here, as locked gates prevent the power company from reading your meter, then they get really nasty with you.

-Michael
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Old 10-20-2008, 02:06 PM
 
Location: Clear Lake, Houston TX
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True, but they can jump over the fence if need be. Ideally you'll want the AC unit on one side of the house fenced in, and the meters on the other side of the house, not fenced in. I'm pretty sure our whole neighborhood is like this. I'd think this would be standard fare.
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Old 10-20-2008, 02:15 PM
 
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This is TaylorMorriosn homes in Cinco Ranch SW and they are saying its not standard to cover the A/C Unit. Anyone built with Taylormorrison has their A/C Unit covered?
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Old 10-20-2008, 02:44 PM
 
Location: where nothin ever grows. no rain or rivers flow, TX
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I've seen it when house-hunting.... remnants of an A/c unit left on the ground and all the good stuff ripped out.

Also, there's a catch 22 here, as locked gates prevent the power company from reading your meter, then they get really nasty with you.

-Michael
i lock my whole property and dont get any trouble from meter readers. i must have them high tech meters because i dont pay crazy utility costs
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Old 10-22-2008, 09:28 AM
 
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If you don't like the look of it, its amazing what a couple of wax leaf lugustrum or some holly bushes can do.
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Old 10-22-2008, 10:11 AM
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The covenants in Cinco 1 state that "Any air conditioning unit installed in a Unit shall be located or screened so as not to be visible from any street within the Properties."

I could not find any such statement in the Cinco 2 covenants. I would check with the HOA.
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Old 10-22-2008, 10:19 AM
 
Location: Sugar Land, Texas
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KPRC Answers Consumer Questions About Electricity - Local 2 Investigates News Story - KPRC Houston (http://www.click2houston.com/investigates/14226829/detail.html - broken link)

NewsWatch: Energy: More on electric meter reading
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Old 10-22-2008, 12:10 PM
 
Location: Katy, TX
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We just had our house built in a section of Pine Mill Ranch and I asked our builder the same exact question. In our case, the builder puts all of their condenser units behind the fence (which I prefer). The other builder in our section puts them outside the fence. Our builder's super mentioned theft as an issue, but also asthetics. To me, it doesn't look as good if the unit is just hanging out there on the side of the house. Actually, the fence installer initially installed the fence behind the AC units and the builder had them correct it. Initially, when I wanted the fence to be in front of the units, the dumb sales rep. was going to quote an NSO for the extra fence.
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Old 10-22-2008, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Sugar Land, Texas
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If it's on the side of the house and the house is not a corner lot, just put up a bush. Man you guys are neurotic.
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Old 10-22-2008, 12:23 PM
 
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Its just not about looks. As you can see people steal these as well right ?
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