Barney wrote: ↑
September 22, 2015, 11:53 am
Electrical has been a busy team with the rough in of the ceiling and wall cabling, mounting of the 2 circuit breaker boards, incoming pole install and cable to house, A/C piping, cable and drainage, security cables, CCTV, 4 independent galavanised grounding rods for steel house frame, 1 copper coated rod for power grounding.
All went to plan to allow as you can see gyprok and external walls to commence.
Took a bit of back trawling to find references to the bain of all home construction in Thailand, the electrical work and found only the one post (so far) with pictures of a power pole going in, a big circuit breaker/distribution box with yellow conduit and reference to grounding for the house frame and a single service ground rod? You mention a 'busy team' so they knew what they were doing with correct gauge wire, no cheap black insulating tape and minimal use of wire nuts? If it's all been done correctly (and with Thailand's history of sh!t sparkies and bodge jobs I hope you can understand my skepticism), I would like to ask where this team came from? Any issues subsequently discovered with their install? Of course there may be some more details elsewhere in the thread but whereas I was just looking for the first mention of electrical work thinking it may be worth at least half a dozen Q&A's.
I was inspired to ask having just turned off the circuit breaker for the ensuite hot-water shower and noticed that half the ceiling lights in the master bedroom went off as well!!! Our new-build was over 10 years ago and admittedly the electrician who initially spoke up good game was ultimately a total waste of skin so this new discovery of his inherent shonkiness, although disappointing, isn't exactly unexpected. We have been away from the house for the past 5-6 years so a lot of stuff is 'new' to us but I think things electrical will a bit of a Pandora's Box in that regard.
Nice job on your pile BTW and a work in progress. With a Euro kitchen, laundry/bath room and 4th bedroom added as an extension from stuff left over from our original build, I always thought our (original) 3-bed, 2-bath would be too small 10 years ago when I was a younger, fitter man. My mate built a fairly lavish u-shaped villa with pool, covered parking, separate maids/groundsman quarters and 2 guest bungalows on his 3-and-a-bit rai with a pond, landscaping and trees. In his 60's and pushing retirement as late as possible, the sheer size of the place meant full-on, expensive third-party maintenance, both home and garden. If he had retired, he could have done some of it himself but after you turn 60, some tasks are just not as easy. I now appreciate that our house struggles to beat 150 sq meters livable on a half-rai plot... but I still have plans for my 'man cave' in the unused 'gazebo' half of the car port once the brother-in-laws chooks are relocated.