# Size of a Muni-Meter

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Levs
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I am trying to find out the dimensions of a typical NYC muni meter (height, width, depth). Does anyone know? I don’t live in NYC so I can’t measure, and while I can see them on Google Earth, I can’t measure them in street view.

(I am doing this for a project, and we are trying to determine if it is a “makom patur” or not. An old fashioned meter would be, but we are not sure about the new meters).

Thank you.

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Joseph
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Doesn’t a fire pump have an interesting halachic status?

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Levs
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yes, but because a fire hydrant is between 4 and 10 tefachim high, it is in a different category compared to a parking meter. As there are fewer parking meters around, we are trying to determine the size of the muni-meter to see if it is also a makom patur.

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Joseph
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Depending as to what its halachic status is, what potentially would you practically do differently depending on the answer?

#1209638

iacisrmma
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The muni meters in my neighborhood are way taller than 10 tefachim (using 4 inches for a tefach)

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Levs
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We didn’t measure the meters, but from the pictures they seem tall enough to be a makom patur. The question we have is how wide and deep are they? If they are too big, then they could be a reshus hayachid, in which case it would be forbidden to place anything on them while in a reshus harabim.

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iacisrmma
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Height ~68 inches

Length x Width slightly bigger than a a regular sheet of loose leaf paper

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Levs
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I assume the sheet of paper is US Letter, which would mean one side is slightly larger than 11″.

Thank you for taking the time to do the measurements.

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golfer
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Levs you should probably bake him a cake or send him a nice gift.

Where else could you find someone to help you out with something like this?

And now that you have the measurements, I hope you realize we’re all waiting to hear the conclusions you reach based on them.

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iacisrmma
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Yes US letter size. I didn’t have a ruler or tape measure.

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