Thanks for taking the time to show us the pics of your meter cupboard, I spent a lot of time in the Netherlands in 99,2000 and like the country a lot, my oldest son has the Euro 2000 football shirt and was the envy of his friends when he got it
I would like to revisit the Netherlands on my next European excursion.
Hope you enjoy your stay at ECN and I look forward to reading more of your posts.
#140841 - 05/13/0403:27 AMRe: Dutch metering close and breaker box setup (pictures)
Hi and welcome to ECN! Most of the pictures look really familiar, except for the sealed fuse box below the meter. I see you use double-pole breakers too, the Germans only use single-pole breakers and take all neutrals to a neutral bar (btw, ground and earth is the same, what you mean by ground is the neutral wire). The wire links at the bottom feeding the breakers look pretty familiar too. Not too easy to bend them nice and even... The breakers were obviously made before introduction of the A/B/C/... rating system, they're L characteristics.
Maybe we could dig out our favorite topic of old international color codes again. As you might know prior to harmonization about every country used its own wire colors. German.influenced countries used black grey and red (hot, neutral, ground), UK influenced is/was red, black and green,... Back then we had a real weird and inconsistent text about the old dutch color coding. Can you give us any information on that topic?
Off to personal topics, I've never been to the Netherlands so far, but I've spent many summers with vistors from there, and I really like them. You're funky people! And once I really got to visit Amsterdam and it's tramway museum.
#140842 - 05/13/0405:02 AMRe: Dutch metering close and breaker box setup (pictures)
A few things jump out as seeming quite unusual, as seen from a British perspective.
First, the ground rod actually being driven from inside the house looks very strange. We would normally locate the rod (if used) immediately outside a convenient wall. How long are your ground rods, by the way? It looks as though a fair length of it is not actually in the ground.
Your method of connecting the ground rod to the bar in the distribution panel also looks very odd, as does the section of conductor which zig-zags across the board between two sections of conduit.
There no reason why double-pole breakers (opening neutral as well) cannot be used here, but to do so would be very unusual.
A single-phase 25A service in a modern home is unheard of here. There are a few old 40A services still in use, and I even came across an old 30A service a couple of years ago, but 60 to 100A is the norm for domestic services, with main cables of at least 16 sq. mm. The use of 3-phase with such small service conductors as 4 or 6 sq. mm seems very odd, although similar to many other European countries.
I can see that you have a dedicated branch circuit for a washing machine. I'm guessing that "vaatwassar" is a water heater, but what else is that on circuit #4? Is #5 a dedicated outlet for a microwave oven?
I am glad my Guys didn't do your cupboard Arend..I would be very pissed at the way the conduits have been installed..uneven bend radii, none symetric saddles, copper showing at the terminals is the worst sin I can see there.
I could carry on, but then standards of work are often a personal thing, and I demand a lot of my Guys due to our clients.