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  1. I have pretty much the same but on high voltage (238-250). I bought an "AVS" at Global (for me a 7.5KVA works) and it does the job keeping output voltage between 217-229.
  2. About 4 years ago, I cut some plywood to make a "table top" for my gas grill. The top covers a concrete "box" for that purpose. Anyway... I used left over primer and color from the house to paint the plywood (1 primer, 2 coats of color - this was premium grade). Except for some stains from BBQing the top still looks good even though it catches rain as it is partially unprotected. The bottom has some damage from ants and mold but it wouldn't take much of a sand and re-paint to fix up (except I won't bother). This just to say that using premium grade paint will give long time protection for just about any surface.
  3. Not sure Crossy would agree (?)... It looks like the wires from your #2 and #4 "Receptacle" breakers are at least 1.5 mm2 (maybe 2.5 mm2?). If that's the case, you could swap out the 10 amp breaker for 15 or even 20 amp and then just plug into one of those with your washer. (This because 1.5 mm2 can handle 15 amp and 2.5mm2 can handle 20 amp). You would then have to work out a ground as I don't see where you have that. If you do go into the shower circuit, you should use 6mm2 cable to the washer (then you wouldn't need additional breaker).
  4. Head to one of the "Home" places. The sales staff will steer you to one brand or another with a "promotion" - doesn't really matter. If they don't look at TOA. If you go with the premium primer and color you should be good.
  5. Semantics OK? It's unlikely that you have a point of use GFCI on your shower heater (it should have it's own "ELCB"). Maybe it's also protected by a RCBO for that circuit or RCBO for the entire unit? In any case, you can tap into that circuit if you really want to but a "normal" 20 amp grounded circuit will be OK for your washer. Even if you do tap into the shower circuit, the shower unit's ELCB (or even if it does have GFCI) will not be affected nor protect the washer from earth faults. A front end RCBO will.
  6. I'm guessing the structure passed an electrical "inspection". I wonder what that cost versus just running ground wire?
  7. Maybe it needs a backflush?
  8. Your contractor cannot fix the "faulty installation" or doesn't want to? If the latter, if me I wouldn't want to pay him. I've never seen or heard of patching a leaky roof being successful in the long term.
  9. The reality is the local customs. You can ask what others have experience but it won't matter for your situation. This is where you just have to listen to the wife and say "OK honey".
  10. FYI: The N being clockwise from the E is a US convention which Thailand originally adopted. Now, it seems, they have adopted every convention but remain without a "standard". As many have input, it doesn't really matter. If you have a 90 degree 3-prong plug, a duplex socket will only fit one no matter what the orientation. The thing is: it doesn't really matter.
  11. The "rules"??? Whatever. I turn them 90 degrees clockwise from the photo just because that's what I grew up with.
  12. You need to follow the local custom or forever carry the stigma of an ignorant farang. In our village, no construction work on Buddha days or when somebody in the village dies (until the cremation). When building our house somebody was dying every other day. The delivery trucks wouldn't even deliver. Very frustrating but to defy is very bad karma.
  13. Another Thailand oddity (to me) is that many of the local "paint stores" do not even carry the premium grade of paint whether it's TOA, or whatever. And the premium grade is what you want to keep a good job looking that way for many years. So head to one of the "Home" stores for that.
  14. It's normal to thin the primer out to maybe 10%. The "color" never needs thinning IMO - well unless a spray gun is used. The "prep" is sanding, scraping, cleaning, masking, etc.
  15. I really think thinning paint to 50% is part of Thai painting 101. Whether the painter/contractor purchases or the owner, they have to thin that sucker out. I hear that is starting to get better but most of them will just do it.