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hotchilli    484
12 hours ago, bristolgeoff said:

water and electicity do not mix for anybody.RIP

The swimming pool is on the front part of the single home while the water pump is inside a storage room near the front gate.

 

Please read the post again.

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Essaybloke    274
11 hours ago, toddsaed said:

pray to the Divine Guru,  the embodiment of all protection, from now till the essence of perfection be attained do I seek refuge, o ye sangsaric beings innumerable in number dedicate your minds to the path of good wishes for entering into perfection

Evans Wenz, Tibetan Yoga and Secret Doctrines

I guess the 'Divine Guru' was not protection enough against the real world of water plus electricity.

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catman20    2,206
17 hours ago, MadMuhammad said:

So sad. There's just no second chances when it comes to playing with electricity. RIP. Thoughts are with the family.

agree 100% so sad RIP little fella 

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Old Croc    4,109

Very tragic.

The father probably considered he was qualified to repair a simple water pump. However, it seems he underestimated the incompetence of the Thai electrical worker.

 

"Mr Fenwick worked as a construction manager for more than 30 years, including in the UK, Kazakhstan, China and Laos before retiring in Thailand.

He obtained a fellowship diploma in mechanical engineering at RMIT University in Melbourne in 1976."  - WAtoday.

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TKDfella    409

What a tragedy. My condolences to the wife and mother. RIP. As others here have pointed out electricity may be one of domestic "friends' but it is a killer (as many a Thai Lineman here has found out). about 12 years ago due animal destruction several wires in the in the roof area had to be replaced. I was out outside washing the car and I heard a shout and I found a leg of the electrician dangling through the ceiling. Fortunately he was only stunned...he said he forgot to turn off at the junction cutout box.

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4MyEgo    1,794

So sad to hear this, although a common occurrence in Thailand.

 

Whilst I know all about electrics, I never touch the wires, even though I inspect the job after the guy does what he has to do, i.e. built house from scratch, and added here and there, but look at it this way, its cheap enough to let them do it, and I get to live, just in case somewhere they F'd up.

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NanLaew    8,225
11 hours ago, xtrnuno41 said:

You have to drive the rods probably many (10-30 meters) meters.

Although 3 meter ground rods are best (the recommendation is minimum 2.4 meters), the longest ground spikes available for home construction at the usual outlets are not much longer than a meter. Commercial building construction may afford the use of (much) longer grounding rods as well as the ability to place them but 30 meters long? Really?

 

 

 

 

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NanLaew    8,225
14 hours ago, CanuckThai said:

RIP to both.

 

220 can give you a hell of a "lifter", but I haven't heard of it "taking out" 2 people.

It's the current that kills, not the voltage. Wet surfaces, bare feet or wet flip-flops, solidly grounded metal gate, big current.

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wilai    1,937
11 minutes ago, NanLaew said:

It's the current that kills, not the voltage. Wet surfaces, bare feet or wet flip-flops, solidly grounded metal gate, big current.

Heard that the younger lad also touched the bodies but was wearing shoes...very lucky!

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NanLaew    8,225
4 hours ago, Old Croc said:

Very tragic.

The father probably considered he was qualified to repair a simple water pump. However, it seems he underestimated the incompetence of the Thai electrical worker.

 

"Mr Fenwick worked as a construction manager for more than 30 years, including in the UK, Kazakhstan, China and Laos before retiring in Thailand.

He obtained a fellowship diploma in mechanical engineering at RMIT University in Melbourne in 1976."  - WAtoday.

That's quite sobering. In that line of work, he would have been very familiar with local deficiencies in construction and especially electrical installations. Arguably, electrical work is probably the most challenged of all aspects in home construction in LOS. I learned a while ago that any electrical work mandates the power be isolated and then the voltage checked to make sure that it is off before starting work. There's a whole lot of appliances that are 2-pin, non-grounded and a greater amount of power outlets that are wired the wrong way round regardless of any 'polarizing' earth pin/socket or a total lack of a proper ground. Appliances can be switched off but remain 'live'. In my instance, a third air conditioner had been installed in an annex and the lazy electrician took the service for that unit from the main power cables from the pole-mounted meter that entered the building via the annex roof space and before they reached the main breaker box that was in the main building.

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Skeptic7    1,223
On 8/15/2017 at 6:32 PM, saakura said:

Absolute terrible tragedy. God give strength to the wife to bear this loss. 

Would that be a plea to the same god that let her suffer this terrible loss??? :unsure:

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davethailand    526
19 hours ago, xtrnuno41 said:

well i hope you measured your grounding rods, it's quite a special way to do it. If the resistance is to big, you have a fake safety.

If you read some, you see about 3 ohm. You have to drive the rods probably many (10-30 meters) meters. All depending on

where is the water or moist ground. If resistance is higher, you still get electrocuted. Also your rod can corrode and change the resistance, aswell depending on high low water level in groundwater. So better to do in period of dry weather.

 

You can forget grounding, if:

 

If you put in the best breakers, they are concluded with a differential switch, so called automats.

If that device measure a difference between live and neutral bigger then 30 ma. It will switch off, coz you have a powerloss.

Also then if the max value for wiring ,16 a or less depending on your choice of automat, in your house is exceeded (shortcut) then it will shut off. Also considder there are breakers with different charasterics, the B characteristic is the best and safest for home. It is on the index of the breaker, like B16.  PIC 1

 

Ofcourse if it is reaching 16 A ( or any value you choose), it shuts down. This is not with nr 2, as you combine it with a seperate breaker. The max amps through the differential switch nr 2 is 40 A and showed on index. But it will not shut down at 40 A.

SO if you need more power (?),  you need  a second one and split the groups (breakers).

 

You also can have just one seperated but for all groups. Then just one device is needed over all groups, but then you have to find the group later in which is the problem (powerloss). It will be in serie with all your breakers. Its cheaper, but never the less it is very save for you and also shuts down at 30 mA. There are also higher in mA like 40 mA, but NOT TO BE USED FOR PERSONAL SAFETY.

30 mA is about the value of amps the heart can take without being killed. However all again also depends on personal heath.

PIC 2

 

For the man and son its too late, working with power on is not quite good option "unless" you are experienced and f**** know what you are doing. One slip, no differential switch and you can wind up ... dead in milli seconds !!

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Dunno how deep the one in the business was, A Thai electrician did it, at home they were quite short as it was only for single appliances.

Both properties are gone now.

:)

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Skeptic7    1,223
21 hours ago, saakura said:

Oh my God! How can a farang make such terrible mistake, much less a multitude of them? After all he is a farang with superior education and common sense! Something is terribly wrong?

Yes...with you

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