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#143607 - 08/08/05 01:14 AM Vacation pics
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Registered: 09/17/02
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Loc: Stockholm, Sweden
Just took my sunglasses off after my recent trip I won't tell you the country, though.
(A little challenge there...)

I took a lot of photos, some of them "electrical". I had bought a $100 digital camera which worked very well apart from the fact that it wouldn't work in anything but very good light. Most electrical photos were simply too bad to be useful. Oh, well, what did I expect?

Here is a panel with electrical meter in a private home. Diazed fuses, with what appeared to be 16A fuses throughout. The wires are 1.5 mm2, mainly in NYM style cable or orange flexible conduit (16 or 20 mm dia). Color code in all installations appear to be the "old" European. (Blue, Black, Brown, Black) This was the only panel I found without an RCD. All others, even old ones, had an 500 mA RCD.

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Here is a supply entry cabinet. (I honestly don't know what to call it) The supply cable comes in from the bottom. Found in the outside of building walls.

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I opened a cabinet in a larger installation to see what was inside: Fuses and a meter

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Below are three pictures of the distribution wiring.

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Almost all OH wiring is cabled, but retains the insulators as connectors. Looks funny.

Here is an unusual tap, and two poor pictures of it:

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The cable comes off the service wires to a home and enters the street lighting through a hole cut in the lamp. The lamp works, though.

Next is a warning sign, found on a transformer station.

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This type of switch plate was found outside the bathrooms of private homes. Identical, but the order of the switches was random, though.

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#143608 - 08/08/05 06:23 AM Re: Vacation pics
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Well C-H,
Fine pics you have there!.
I can't say that I can even throw a wild guess at where these pics where taken.
Would I be close by saying Poland?.
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Here is a supply entry cabinet. (I honestly don't know what to call it) The supply cable comes in from the bottom. Found in the outside of building walls.

I would loosely call it an Intake Box.
In pic #4, I can't help but think that that is a UHF TV Aerial attached to that streetlamp to the right of the picture?.
In the bottom pic, what is the switch on the left for?.


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#143609 - 08/08/05 06:35 AM Re: Vacation pics
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Not Poland, but you are in Eastern Europe...

The switches in the bottom pic are:

Hot water cylinder - Light - Space heater

The heater looks just on the switch: Simply a bare element with a reflector behind it. About 1000W. (Dang! I didn't think of taking a pic of it.) The nameplate had a manufacturing date of 1986 stamped on it.

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#143610 - 08/08/05 02:16 PM Re: Vacation pics
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Loc: New York City
I'm thinking either Hungary or Czechkoslovakia (yeah, I know it's two separate countries now ).

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#143611 - 08/08/05 02:30 PM Re: Vacation pics
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Further south? Croatia?
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#143612 - 08/08/05 05:59 PM Re: Vacation pics
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Loc: Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia
I often wonder when I see mains distribution along walls of old buildings like that...how rampant are unauthorised (unmetered) tap offs?
Sometimes in areas like this it looks like you can just reach out a convenient window and help yourself to whatever phase takes your fancy! And as for taking your domestic supply from the nearest streetlamp...well it looks like no one would even care, let alone notice.

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#143613 - 08/09/05 12:28 AM Re: Vacation pics
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I think the real question to ask is, how far will C-H travel for a vacation?
Claus, did it involve a plane ride?.
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#143614 - 08/09/05 01:51 AM Re: Vacation pics
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Yup, plane and bus. Alan is almost on it... One step south / southeast...

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#143615 - 08/09/05 02:05 AM Re: Vacation pics
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I suppose Yugoslavia.

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#143616 - 08/09/05 02:58 AM Re: Vacation pics
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Right on! Serbia-Montenegro.

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