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.
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