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September, 2004 - editor.  A discussion of the installation of the electric system in the cool thai house in Pattaya, Thailand.  Pictures showing various steps in the implementation of the electric system.

The original guy doing the electric wasn't too knowledgeable about electric.  Finally we found a electrician within the neighborhood who turned out to be a great help.  For a small project like this there is a lot of electric components.

First off, the house uses grounded electrical throughout.  This isn't the standard yet, by in large part due to the fact that most electric appliances don't come with the ground plug.  However, now they are starting to require that all new houses install grounded electric.  When the electric department inspector came to inspect the electric to give the OK to switch on the permanent city power, the inspector was asking questions about the ground.  He wanted to know the size of the ground wire, the size of the metal with is to earth and how deep the metal runs in the ground.  In this case; the metal rod runs into the ground 1.8 meters, it is 4 hun, the ground wire (grounding electrode conductor) is size 16.  In any event he approved the electrical, and then went to do other houses which I know for sure were done without grounded electrical.  These got passed also, but who knows if payola was involved.  In the last rental house I was in, if I wanted to plug in a USB cable to the back of my computer I would switch off the computer and then turn off the power.  Sometimes I would still get a shock which always puzzled me.  In any event, here the computer can be touched at will and there is no shock!

There are 35 recessed lighting receptacles and 5 ceiling fans on the ceiling.  Each ceiling fan is controlled by its own control box which has separate off/on and rotate switches.  In the main entry area the lighting is controlled by 2 dimmer switches.  There is a wall mounted reading light in the entry area that is controlled by its own switch.  There are two three way switches, one controls the patio lighting and the other controls the lighting in the back of the house.  These switches work in combination with an inside and outside switch, and I can say this is a really nice feature.  For example, when you come home at night you can switch on the outside light from the outside, but they can also be switched on or off from the inside.  There is lighting on the front and the sides of the house all controlled by separate switches.  There is also a security light in the front of the house, controlled at the main switchbox upon entry to the house.  The perimeter wall lighting is controlled by a switch at the main switch box.

The two water pumps have an outside switch box, but both feed into one station on the circuit breaker.  The circuit breaker has eight stations as follows; kitchen, hot water heater, small bathroom (along with the outside lighting and dining area), office, bedroom, large bathroom, pumps and finally the entry room.

PVC conduit is run up the wall to house the electrical.  (22-Mar-04)

A small outlet box being set in place.  (02-Apr-04)
The PVC is then cemented in place.
Opening being made for the circuit breaker.  (12-May-04)
A recessed lighting hole.  The electrical wires which are housed in PVC conduit.
The electrician expounding on all things electrical.  (18-May-04)
There is always a trio of wire, red is positive, white is negative and green is the ground.
The entry switch box with 6 groups of wires.  On the left is the electrical for a fan.  (23-May-04)
Another shot of electrical PVC conduit.  The switchbox mounted above the wall on the left really isn't necessary.  It was installed by the first electrician.
Sadly the first electrical guy didn't really do too good a job.  For example, here we discover the large socket outlet boxes are set in the wrong orientation.  (26-May-04)
So they need to get chipped out.
And reset again.  Notice now how the tabs are on the left and right side.
The back of the back outside switch box.  (31-May-04)
This is an after the fact picture - but shows where the ground is run to earth, just to the left of the PVC.  This is the front of the driveway adjacent to the patio.  The ground wire (grounding electrode conductor) is size 16, which runs to a piece of metal rod with is run into the ground 1.8 meters.  The metal is 4 hun.  Of significance, since surprisingly the electric department inspector wanted to know the specifics, as now apparently grounded electrical is required by the electric department.  (02-Jun-04)
Under the patio runs this PVC which feeds the lighting on the wall and then runs to the pumps.  (03-Jun-04)
The electrical systems feeds the 35 down lights and 5 fans hooked on the ceiling.  (18-Jun-04)
Preparing the circuit breaker.  (19-Jun-04)
The inside of the mounted circuit breaker.  This is still in progress, the ground wires (grounding electrode conductors) are still to be added.
Setting up a switch box for the two water pumps on the outside wall.  (29-Jun-04)
This electrical in the front on the left of the gate is used to split off the electrical to feed the perimeter wall lighting and the pumps.
The electric department hooking up electrical for the street.  (12-Jul-04)
The official electric meter at the street.  (21-Aug-04)
Larger socket receptacles used in the kitchen.
This shows a large socket box with 5 small plugs and a telephone connection.  The only problem with these small socket receptacles being so close together is you cannot really use two adjacent plugs, because typically plugs will be a bit too wide.
The electric is feed in from the street to the roof and attaches here.
The completed inside of the 8 station circuit breaker.  Note the addition of the ground wires (grounding electrode conductor).  (09-Sep-04)
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