You are so right. However, since mass merchandisers are primarily selling the metered units and so many water dealers are doing the same we’ve got to help find ways for people like
peterk to make the best of what they have. I’m a “plain Jane” proponent myself, like you, because a timeclock operated unit is far easier for an enduser to work with and far easier for us in the field to service.
H2OGuy makes a good point. You don’t need to fool the computer. Give his way a try and then try fooling the computer and whichever way gives you what you want, do that.