Oh yea! I never thought I'd be so happy with gas! It was Tuesday evening close to 8:00pm when the City Gas guy said "well, you oughta have hot water in about 1 hour!!! Lo and behold, we did.
The hole is still there and quite frankly I was getting a little annoyed with the comings and goings of plumbers & maintenance people. So, we are safe, the hole boarded quite securely, the pile of wall & brick outside of the house, directly in front of the gas meters. It's sort of a security "wall" so to speak. I'm a little edgy when I hear loud thuds, knowing the pile is blocking the way to the gas meters is reassuring.
Photos coming soon (I hope).