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the Customer is King!!! #126983
03/24/01 09:10 PM
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sparky  Offline OP
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A family from another country builds a home in America. They bring all their forgien appliances with them, it's all 240v.(or just pick a voltage you'd like here) TV's , radios, blenders, vacuum cleaners, etc. They would like the entire residence to be wired as it would be in their homeland.

All common sense aside, is this doable???

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Re: the Customer is King!!! #126984
03/25/01 04:10 AM
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I think the sockets and voltage difference you could over come but the Hz could be another matter

Re: the Customer is King!!! #126985
03/25/01 08:43 AM
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hmmmm, that might be a problem, however the dif from 50 to 60 may be negligable given residential appliances.

the Q is purely hypothetical, given some interesting threads in this forum.

your input especially, Appy

I do have customers that spend ridiculous $$$$ on silly things here, so this is not that far out..
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I'm wondering how the AHJ would view a home with a different voltage system than normally seen...

Re: the Customer is King!!! #126986
03/25/01 10:37 AM
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Sparky,

As coincidence would have it, here comes a question from todays' Mailbag:

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Dear Sirs,
We are emigrating from the UK to South Carolina and have many electrical items we want to take with us - some for sentimental reasons. We use 220/240v here. Will it be possible to use our items? Will we need to install a generator? Advice please.

Sincerely
Leonie

leonie.jarrett@virgin.net

Re: the Customer is King!!! #126987
03/25/01 11:38 AM
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Bill Addiss  Offline
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Sparky,

I hope that you don't mind if I borrow your thread a little here? (I'll fill up the tank for you) [Linked Image]

Now, in our 'Real Life' situation here Leonie doesn't say if they'll be going to a new Home being built or an existing Home. So it may not be exactly the same question as yours. I've invited Leonie to participate, so maybe We can fine-tune things here if necessary to meet the situation.

I think there are 2 things to consider here and they should be separated right away for a mimimum of confusion. Since you started discussion on the wiring of the houes, let this be the 'Practical' How-do-you? and Can-you-do-it? I started a separate Thread on the specific effects that different voltages and frequencies might have on Electrical items. That is at:
https://www.electrical-contractor.net/ubb/Forum7/HTML/000020.html

Bill

Re: the Customer is King!!! #126988
03/25/01 02:44 PM
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sparky  Offline OP
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Hi Leonie!
this is an oppourtune coincidence, please jump on in here.

We have a 240/120v system here. we do supply 240 to dryers, ranges,hot h2o, and other such appliances, so to do so for your items may be possible.

One Q that comes to mind would be if dedicated circuits were to be introduced, would it be better to correct cord cap and matching recptacles to an American version, or purchase a UK receptacle.

( I have an "unstumpable" supplier that would love this!)

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Re: the Customer is King!!! #126989
03/25/01 03:54 PM
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Sparky,

According to that Resource We were looking at recently this is the type of Plug they use

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Re: the Customer is King!!! #126990
03/25/01 03:59 PM
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sparky  Offline OP
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I think some of these UK male cord caps are fused ?? Is this true?

I will put word out as to availability of mating receptacles

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Re: the Customer is King!!! #126991
03/25/01 08:12 PM
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Yep thats right Sparky they have little fast blows in the male ends also the sockets on the wall as they RingMain in the UK

Re: the Customer is King!!! #126992
03/25/01 08:33 PM
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As a side note, there was also information that said that receptacles were typically controlled by an adjacent switch.

Bill

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