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    Earth????

    Hi I am brand new here and will be asking

    all the boring new guy questions...

    I so not know what earth meant when they were talking about an electrical connection???

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    Americans call it 'ground', don't they ? Is American/English your first language btw ?

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    Ahhh, yes indeed.

    Thank you!

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    If you are in Thailand it doesn't matter.

    Most appliances aren't earthed.

    Most older buildings only contain two-pin sockets.

    People are expendable here.

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    Most posters here aren't well grounded either.

    Some don't know what on earth they are talking about.

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    I'm shocked.

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    That threw me for a loop the first time I heard it as well (I've always used 'ground')- my electrician kept saying, "You need earth" while I was like, "Huh?"- it took a couple of minutes to click.

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    Quote Originally Posted by superman
    Americans call it 'ground', don't they ?
    They rarely have it/need it due to their low line voltage standard so I guess it explains why they don't know what Earth is.

    Electrical diagram always has connection points labelled E,N,L for Earth, Neutral and Live, I've never seen G being used.
    We speak about earth connections, earth points, but never say that something is earthed, it is grounded.
    The voices in my head are mostly kind, I also like the music.

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    Glad to get the dirt of this problem. It seems as though everyone is now grounded on Earth.

    Shocking really...

    Enough of the humor. I have my homes gounded with a 2 meter rod of copper. One ought to pay attention because once I caught the electricians trying to use a 12" copper rod. Actually, I think they were merely trying to recycle the leftover bits.

    I insisted beforehand that I see where the ground rod was going to go. I arrived later that afternoon and made them show me where. They started making excuses while they were digging up the short rod.

    A few fake smiles all around and the problem was sorted.

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    Thais don't necessary use green/yellow for earth. Same applies to red for live and brown/black for negative.
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    True! After many years of living in Thailand and building a few houses and beginning to think I knew most of the tricks, this is what got me.

    In MY OWN house that was recently upgraded the electricity went out about midnight. I got up, looked at the neighbors and thought it was my home.

    But the main fuse box showed green and not red. WTF? In Thailand red means ok and green means not okay. Not like in the states.

    My wife came out and flipped the switch and thought, well you know...

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    Quote Originally Posted by superman View Post
    Thais don't necessary use green/yellow for earth. Same applies to red for live and brown/black for negative.
    I was just displaying what happens in a civilised country.

    I would be amazed if Thailand had any standard for earth wiring and even if they did I cannot imagine anyone would follow it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hillbilly
    But the main fuse box showed green and not red. WTF? In Thailand red means ok and green means not okay. Not like in the states.
    probably red means "live" or danger, and green indicates you can touch it

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    Thank you all for sorting out what earth means...

    Thank you all again for the respones!!!

    I really like this site...it is so well done & valuable!

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    true...now you will be able to tell your grandchildren about the time TD helped you with English electrical terminology

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