A friend showed me a classified ad for a 1970s Siemens RCD in Israel (just for laughs) and that piqued my curiosity in Israeli wiring. I quickly found a few Youtube videos showing electrical work, unfortunately most of them very short and teaser-trailer style. The things they do show are interesting enough. Apparently the wiring system is similar enough to central European practices, with 230/400 V mains supplies for homes being fairly common, harmonised colours and DIN rail consumer units. Not sure if this chap is a bit of a cowboy or whether the regs. are more relaxed than in Europe though - some of the videos show things that'd be downright illegal here, like using the green/yellow core as a phase in order to supply two sockets from individual MCBs instead of one (he does run an earth wire, borrows it from a nearby wall light) and some of the wires look fairly undersized.
Have fun with the videos from a part of the world I haven't seen before!
Hi Mike, just happened to look on the ECN forum today, and noticed your latest post here.
I was trying to find an old post re unusual Voltages used in Italy in the early days of electricity production, can't remember if I posted that here, but an unusual Voltage of 160/275 Volts was also used in remote areas instead of the normal 127/220/380 Volts.
My apologies for being slack lately. Just too busy with work, family and fiddling with my new 25 kVA Lister diesel generator I bought ex Telecom Wellington late last year.
When I do an inspection I start with the thing that's hardest to do in the toughest place to get to. If they did that right there's a very good chance they did everything else right and my day will be an easy one. If they screwed it up I know that I'm going to find lots of shortcuts and workarounds in things that are easier.
I have to agree with Greg 100% on supporting the local supply houses, be they of the corporate groups, or the slowly vanishing 'mom & pop" shops.
You can't call Amazon 'after hours' to get something you need in an emergency! But, most mom & pops and the corp houses offer 'emergency' services. (Perhaps for a price, but if you are a steady customer, you should be OK)
My house in Md had a strange panel (built in 1971) (Federal Pacific) It had a 200a main breaker but the panelboard was 2 pullouts and ~20 plug fuses. One of the pullouts was a dryer and I used the other one to feed a sub panel in the garage. Everything else was gas.