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  1. The OP's house was not designed for electric by a professional. We are dealing with what he's got. Yes, it would be best to re-do, but not necessary for just making things work. Edit: Almost all new build homes in Thailand will have ground. Thai/Farang/whatever.
  2. The only bombardment with this is your useless drip. The wires currently on the C10 breaker are rated for 20 amp. The shower doesn't go through the CU which is why the recommendation to add the RCBO. The OP has the advice he asked for and can make decisions from that. You setting off delusional alarms at this point doesn't help anybody.
  3. MCB protects the wire - nothing else. The OP has already stated that most of the wire is 2.5mm2. That is rated for a 20 amp breaker. If there is 1.5mm2 runs to light circuits - no big deal. Any "electrician" would have done that in the first place. My suggestion will not cause anything you say as a potential.
  4. Pressure Pump For Shower.(not working)

    I think you want a "constant pressure" pump instead.
  5. How do you define a "REAL" electrician in Thailand? The issue with most construction projects here is that there is no certification for the skilled labor much less the "engineers". The only certification I have seen is for the architects.
  6. Lawn mower for under 15k

    While the OP said a "petrol" mower, I would just throw in that if your lawn isn't bigger than 20 m from the nearest power socket, why not go with an electric mower? I have and OK you have to go slowly and almost impossible to cut long grass, but cost is low and no problems with starting or running.
  7. Your plan sounds good, but maybe a bit superfluous. If you don't have ground (as many Thai houses do not) to the receptacles, it's not catastrophic for your electric as most appliances these days are class-2. Again, you can simply replace the C10 breaker with a C20 to probably resolve your tripping problem. As Crossy stated, you could put a front end Safe-T-Cut and you are in the 2-3K baht range. Adding ground to specific appliances is another option. But 20,000 baht seems above what you really need. The sparks will try to screw you if you do a complete overhaul. "Up to you."
  8. They should all be marked but if all the wires are 2.5mm2 then you can just change that C10 breaker to a C20 and most likely resolve your tripping issue. Be sure to purchase the same kind of breaker and you should then be able to get your local spark to change it for the cost of a beer as it's only a 2 minute job. I don't see where anybody suggested to replace your main breaker with RCBO - but should do that too.
  9. What size wire was used on the downstairs C10 circuit? I will be stamped on the cable and should be either 1.5 mm2 or 2.5 mm2.
  10. Do these surge protectors work?

    I don't mean to say that everything and anything WILL be damaged by near/direct lighting - just that there is nothing that will protect for that. Breakers and RCD will not normally trip on lightning surge - well except there is nothing "normal" with lightning.
  11. Do these surge protectors work?

    MOV will protect from surges coming down the wires as a result of lighting. They will not protect from a near or direct lighting strike. A direct strike will ionize the air and take out anything with sensitive electronics whether plugged in or not. Those of us who are unfortunate to experience can attest to that. NOTHING protects from a near/direct lighting strike.
  12. Noises in new fridge.

    Normal. Don't worry about it.
  13. It doesn't matter what one person thinks, or even thousands, about a new technology if the market and momentum takes it to the norm. And, that seems to be the case for "inverter" AC's and refrigerators (washing machines who knows). But that will mean much more available replacement parts and knowledge of the folks that do the repair. Like it or not, conventional AC's and refrigerators just won't exist 10 years from now. (Yes, my opinion.) Try and buy a vacuum tube or even LCD TV - same thing.