Jul 18, 2007 8:39 pm
As owner builders we basically have a clean slate to work with for our electrical plan. I know about ensuring we have phase 3 cabling and we have requested cat5e cabling running to each of the data points in our house and have planned to have conduits running to the front and back for future electrical provisions. But what else should we be looking out for with regards to type of wire used, using different circuits for different parts of the house. Any tips or things we should look out for?
Re: Electrical Plan2
Jul 18, 2007 8:48 pm
But what else should we be looking out for with regards to type of wire used, using different circuits for different parts of the house.
Shouldn't a licenced electrician be looking after these issues for you?
Re: Electrical Plan3
Jul 18, 2007 8:56 pm
of course you are right, but it is hard to know what they mean when you have no training yourself. for example what does it mean when they say they will lay stranded wire. is this the best? the worst? I was just after some tips to look out for or bare minimum recommendations so that I am informed understanding when it comes to finalising the quote.
Re: Electrical Plan5
Jul 19, 2007 9:03 pm
Stranded cable is recommended for data cable use.
Who says its recommended. Reckon 99% of fixed cabling is solid core as far as data cabling goes. Stranded is normally only used for patch leads.
As far as electrical goes, there's not much that can go wrong as the standards are pretty anal about what you can and cannot do.
A few tips to look out for, in the switchboard I'd recommend using the combo RCD/CB (Earth leakage and circuit-breaker all in one) rather than a single RCD device over multiple circuit-breakers. Its less prone to problems and if there is a fault will only affect the one circuit, not multiple.
Other thing is any lights are installed on flexible leads and then plugged into socket-outlets (Clipsal 413) in the roof. If a transformer fails on a downlight, you can easily swap over without having to touch fixed wiring.
Re: Electrical Plan6
Jul 19, 2007 11:07 pm
Thanks David S, that's exactly the sort of pointers I was after. At least now I can look like i know a bit about what he is telling us! Much appreciated.
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