Power supply.

Power Supply in Thailand.

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Now you need a builder’s power pole.

You may have power to the site and an outlet.
I had a builder’s pole that remained after the previous house had been demolished.
The upgrade to the new meter costs 5000 baht.
So I think a simple connection to nearby supply should cost about 7000 baht including an electricity meter, about 5 meters piece of square section steel tube and a small outdoor power box, plus the cable which if long enough could be reused for the final power supply.

I would look in some builder yards and try to buy a second hand one.
Once connected you are ready to go.
The fellow living in this village is an electrician, he connected the house to the mains meter without consulting with the authorities, it seemed to be normal practice.
I am not a qualified electrician but seems like I did a good job.
My mistake was to put two and three core flex into the plastic conduit when I should have used single cables, it would have been a lot easier and less expensive.
After I had finished a builder told me it wasn’t good to do it my way, I don’t know why, the inspector did not comment.

I presume you know what I’m talking about here or maybe you are an electrician and can contradict what I’m saying. In any case you are welcome to contact me.
Thais use electrical tape rather than connecters, the switches are, up is on and down is off with everything, different than Australia.
All switches, wires and fittings can be purchased locally, best to buy a popular brand of switches so that style is always available – don’t buy old stock of a discontinued line, I did.
Yellow plastic pipes are for electric.
White plastic pipe is for outdoor electrics.
Several single wires are usually run through the yellow pipes.
Standard wire sizes are 1.5 for lighting and 2.5 for power – air conditioners and water heaters might need 4.0 or 6.0 size wire.
All power points should be earthed.
With this house I ran a huge wire from the roof to earth and from the main junction to earth. The water heaters are connected directly to this huge wire.
The neutral and earth are connected and the indoor switch box junction.

Chasing into the wall was a big problem for me. The dust was excessive.
While working with an angle grinder I was unable to dampen to walls.
An old electric chain saw was my savior, with the walls soaked with water, I was able to cut all the groves very fast through the soft blocks, the dust was minimal.
The bits of concrete were removed with the angle grinder.
There appeared to be no damage to the chain saw, the blade was worthless before I used it.


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