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    Anyone have a good picture of an electrical field tap ?

    OK, I have run into a slight issue with my house construction in Thailand. I wanted to have a breakered electrical field taps, on each of the 4 external walls, for future projects outside of the house. However, PD House understood this to be water taps, for hoses. Strange, since it's all included on an electrical list.

    The person I am dealing with, at the PD House has asked if I can send her a picture of what this would look like. I tried searching and couldn't really find anything. Can any of you electrical types please send me a picture or a link to an electrical field tap for house voltage (220VAC/50Hz), not high voltage like in power plants !!

    Like I said, these taps are intended to be for future projects outside of the house, such as my a/c cooled man cave, outside Thai style kitchen, etc
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    I've never heard that expression before - "electrical field tap". Is it the same as an outdoor socket?

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    Similar, but instead of a plug, you would hard wire into it and safely run your cable from it to wherever. Like I said, my goal was to have a tap, on each side of the house, to power external areas. I don't want the Thai style of running extension cords.

    Maybe a "junction box" is the more correct term for domestic application? I'm not an electrician. I am familiar with the term "electrical tap" in power stations.

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    What sort of load would you need? How many amps or kw?
    What protection would it have from the weather?
    How would it be supplied/connected to the internal electricity?


    Something smallish, up to, say, 13amps?



    Will you use conduit? Or armoured cable?


    A junction box?


    A really waterproof one.


    Waterproof outdoor socket?
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    No idea yet of load. I just wanted to have a breakered power lead going out each side of the house, for future projects. If it's something substantial, like a/c for my man cave, I'll have to look at running a newer, heavier cable with it's own breaker.

    I think junction box is probably the closest to what I'm thinking.

    They did install breakered wiring, for future external lights with some kind of yellow weather proof covering, as shown below (and you even see one of my water "taps"). I may end up seeing if I can use these. I need to look more closely at them, when I get there later this week.



    Thanks very much !!

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    I think I know what you are after. I haven't got a picture of the ones I made for my old house in Thailand but this one should give you an idea:



    I bought water-proof junction boxes (rubber sealed) and screwed a couple of bakelite terminal blocks, with plastic covers, into each one. Something similar to this:



    I wired them up to a separate consumer unit that was supplied from the main house consumer unit. The reason was that I couldn't get hold of individual RCD breakers and I didn't want the house to trip on external wiring. It would be better to protect each box individually if you can.

    Later, I used epoxy putty to waterproof the inlet and outlet holes and to stop ants from making the box their main HQ.

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    Thanks Troy !!!

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    Got a reply from PD House tonight. Turns out that yellow covered thing in some of the pictures is an actual junction box. They sent me a photograph of what a yellow plastic junction box looks like. I have one on each side with individual breakers. So I am happy.

    Thanks all !

    Steve

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    just get a distribution panel , install its own earth leakage breaker and feed it from a 32 amp breaker in your main panel - then add breakers as you need circuits

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    Couldnt they have put the electrical outlets a little closer to the tap to ensure that someone dies?
    Fucking morons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevefarang View Post
    Jesus, what happened there? Was someone a fan of the old 'Pipes' screensaver on Windows?

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    ^^^

    If you look carefully, that small vertical pipe, just to the right of the upper left elbow is one of the termite killer tubes.

    The large diameter pipe is the kitchen drain pipe going to the grease trap, just to the right of where the picture ends. My only beef with the drain pipe is that they don't have it's location indicated inside the house ! It's in the wall somewhere, but I don't know where, which I've already asked PD House about.

    My biggest beef with this arrangement is that there is no damn wall clip for the water tap line, like there on several others. If I recall, this outlet is used for our water pump. So the hinged cover is open. So I need to make a little shelter for this area.

    Steve

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