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#166742 - 07/27/07 12:16 PM Dominica Electric Photos
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I just returned from a week long diving trip to Dominica, which is an island in the Caribbean. Attached are some photos of electrical distribution in Roseau, which is the capital city of the island.

- mil28094

Wooden J Box:



Inverted Meter and CT In Plumbing Pipe:



Inverted Meter Enclosure:



Multiple Meters:



Open Taps At Inverted Meter:



Open Transformer In A Home:



Pole Mounted Meters:



Service Drop 4 Ft Above Sidewalk:



Single Meter:


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#166746 - 07/27/07 02:21 PM Re: Dominica Electric Photos [Re: Webmaster]
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Leaves me speachless - saying this is appalling would be a compliment.
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#166747 - 07/27/07 02:58 PM Re: Dominica Electric Photos [Re: Radar]
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Wow.....even the worst stuff here is better than that! Way better.

It appears to be a very bizarre mix of American and British equipment. And I highly doubt any type of standard is remotely followed.
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#166751 - 07/27/07 05:07 PM Re: Dominica Electric Photos [Re: CTwireman]
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what a wreck!! I would choose a new profession if I had to work on some of that stuff.
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#166764 - 07/27/07 09:31 PM Re: Dominica Electric Photos [Re: wire_twister]
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looks as if they spend more time and money to do it wrong, then if they just adapted a standard and did it sort of right.

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#166771 - 07/28/07 03:24 AM Re: Dominica Electric Photos [Re: CTwireman]
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 Originally Posted By: CTwireman
It appears to be a very bizarre mix of American and British equipment.


Exactly my impression! American enclosures, British color coding, and a little local variation thrown in for good measure.

Remember that those open taps are 230V-ish to ground, 400V between phases.

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#166811 - 07/29/07 08:40 AM Re: Dominica Electric Photos [Re: Webmaster]
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Take a look at the second picture: All the CT cables are carefully formed, the CTs are evenly spaced, the service conductors are neatly arranged. It almost seems like this work was done by someone who was at least trying to take pride in their work, but they'd only been trained to the crippling standard of quality we see in the rest of these photos.

-John

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#166823 - 07/29/07 12:27 PM Re: Dominica Electric Photos [Re: pauluk]
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 Originally Posted By: pauluk


Exactly my impression! American enclosures, British color coding, and a little local variation thrown in for good measure.



Yeah, it must be the colonial influence plus the proximity to the US which results in such a weird system. I'm always amazed by 2nd and 3rd world wiring systems and how we take what we have for granted when it's so much worse elsewhere!
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#166829 - 07/29/07 02:40 PM Re: Dominica Electric Photos [Re: CTwireman]
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Wow! That's even worse than some of the stuff that I have seen in Mexico. I know that utility companies are exempt from following the NEC here, but I think that their standards are actually higher than what might be required by the code.

That "standard" being used in the photos is nothing short of frightening.
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#166835 - 07/29/07 10:08 PM Re: Dominica Electric Photos [Re: EV607797]
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what is the dominican home depot phone #,
i need to clean the shop out back somehow.

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