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  1. The brand of paint is not the issue. All brands have excellent premium grade. They also have crap grade (well maybe not crap but without the premium qualities that make the premium more expensive).
  2. The premium grades will say that and cost a lot more. Many of the village shops don't even carry the premium grades because Thai's won't buy them. If you let the contractor buy the paint, you will not get the premium grade and he will thin it out 50% and you will need to paint again in another year.
  3. If you have any DIY ambition, you should take on the painting. That is like the lowest of the labor class here so you will be lucky if that comes out good. DO NOT allow your contractor to buy the paint. For example, TOA is a very good brand but they also have crap paints under the same name. When it comes to paint, only get the good (premium) stuff. And if you don't DIY, do not let them thin out the paint to 50% or any percent. Maybe 10% on the primer, but that's it. There are many workers who are good and will do whatever their skill without a "contractor" - just ask around and you can find for 400-600 baht per day. Avoid a "contractor" - they just take money for doing F_all.
  4. Me and the wife did it. Not too hard since everything above ground (tree farm). We used a product sold by Home Hub (forget the company name and can't find it now) that uses a 3/4" hose that appears robust and a plethora of sprinklers and fittings. The only difficult part was unraveling the hose role without getting crimps. Most of the sprinklers work by drilling a small hole and then screwing or push to fit. 200m of hose for B1100 (to wit) and the spray jets were cheap. Hose connectors and other fittings varied in price but not expensive.
  5. Update... it turns out the AVS ammeter does work - sort of. My daytime consumption is typically about 4 amps. That did not register on the ammeter. Last night I used my oven which draws about 10 amps and noticed the ammeter registering 11 amps. So, just guessing that it was never calibrated and with error of 5-10 degrees low. Whatever - I have an accurate ammeter so not a big deal. Another question if anybody knows: There is a "Voltage Adjustment" screw inset in a small hole on the panel so obviously not something to play with. But wondering when I would want or need to adjust the voltage?
  6. You may want to try and test the sprinklers you plan to use at the pressures you mention. All of the sprinklers I have bought in Thailand blow apart using most pumps. Our irrigation pump (rated 200W but think that's power consumption vs. head) was the smallest I could find at Home Hub (B1200). It pulls from a tank and runs continuously (best) when 3 lines are opened - each line has 25 or so small jet sprays (actually closer to a mist). Each jet will put out a little under 1/2 liter/minute. That's on 3/4" hose.
  7. Unless you have double pole breakers (which I doubt), you were only isolating the live when you turned off the breaker. The neutrals would still be detected by your Safe-T-Cut and most likely the trip was due to the N-E "fault" when you cut it.
  8. I'm in Udon and the main problem for us is the calcification in just about everything connected to water. We have an irrigation system using small spray jets that continually need to be replaced/cleaned and re-circulated. As for pump, depending on how you are irrigating and the source, you can get by with the smallest/cheapest pump.
  9. Outstanding Gary! You didn't mention it, but guessing you use high quality German heat shrink to protect it. If Crossy has a prize for wire connection overkill, I think you should get it. Cheers
  10. A "telegraph twist" is not feasible with the large wire sizes though. When I was hooking up my AVS today, I first tried a large size tunnel connector which broke apart when I tried to get the connection tight. Grrr. I don't know how many times I've tried those F_ing things but never again. After twisting, I did put a large size wire nut over and tape to hold in place just to protect the strands from potential arcing. BTW: The other thing Thais normally do is put about 20 wraps of tape around the connection - so, even when it does start to fall apart, it's just the outside layer; the inside layers seem to be melded together.
  11. I don't mean to argue with what you think is proper but conecting wires is all about the connection - not the looks. Have you ever tried to take apart a "Thai twist and tape"? I suppose so, since you ended up snipping it - which is about the only way to do it. While many Thai sparks may not have knowledge about ground, borrowing neutrals, "3-way" switches, MEN, etc. they do know how to make a connection. The wire nuts and tunnel connectors available here are crap. The Wago not easily found. Now, I twist and tape too.
  12. To give this an ending... I finally bought and installed the Vietnam made AVS from Global. It's rated at 7500 VA which far exceeds anything we would even abnormally use. Cost 7400 baht. I gave up trying to find some way to wall mount as it just seems too heavy to do that. I put it on a table so out of reach of any curious toddlers but not exactly living room decor. I may try to get our welder guy to build something so it can be just beneath the genset transfer switch and then put a curtain around the whole works. After hooking everything up, I turned on the isolator switch and power came on as normal except voltage now 223 V (versus mains at 238 V) so that's what I was hoping for. The ammeter doesn't seem to be working though - but I won't bother about that. The very limited instructions were in Vietnamese and I didn't see any warranty card - just FYI. Cheers.
  13. OK. Now I understand that. Is this a site you would suggest purchase? I didn't see prices. Otherwise, my questions remain. :)
  14. It's been a few days since I went to Global (this in Udon Thani) with intention of buying an AVS there but, when I looked at the larger than I anticipated box, I couldn't work out how I would mount it to the wall. (Didn't see any obvious mounts but maybe I missed something?) Without time to look for platform to hold it, I decided to check out the other "Homes". Well... Home Pro doesn't carry them and the staff at the electric and power stuff dept. had no idea what I was talking about. Went to Do Home and could only find a "Transformer Step Up/Down". That had a switch that could select one of 8 (I think) positions although I didn't study it. The word "automatic" was nowhere to be found. Actually, it looks like something salvaged from a WWII storage bin. Went on to Home Hub and they had the same thing. Aagh. So, if anybody knows... 1) Is the Global AVS easy to wall mount or will I need to buy/make a platform? 2) Is the switch selector transformer more than meets the eye or is it as manual as it appears? 3) Where have you all that have an AVR/AVS bought it? Cheers
  15. You must have one hell of a grip. For most folks, reverse or forward the drill bit will slip without something to grab - like a chip out or tape.