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    Can I be electrocuted?

    Something I noticed in my wife's house I should have noticed years ago.

    This power cable was installed for the shower heater. The place floods sometimes during heavy rains and she will often pour a bucket of water when she washes floors. I mean, how dangerous is this? The rat or some other creature may come and night and chew on it.

    I said to wife this needs to be fixed immediately and in her pissy tone she goes off at me "buy new house!" (it's her house bought before we met).

    How dare I mention a fucking imperfection!!!

    Anyway, what can I do to make this a little safer? I'm gonna call someone and do it behind her back because I know she thinks there is no issue here.


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    Safe as houses mate...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Troy View Post
    Safe as houses mate...

    Not if his wife ever sees or hears about the above photo. She may rig up her own electric throne for him..

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    No ploblem., mate.
    Just to make sure, cut it with a pair of scissors while standing in a puddle of water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YourDaddy View Post
    what can I do to make this a little safer?
    Absolutely fcuk all you lucky buggar. Just the opposite. Nundge nudge, wink wink. You start showering outside. Tell her you like having a strip off wash outside. Good luck, Nudge nudge, wink wink. How come it's always others that are soooo lucky?

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    I'd guess that is the safety ground wire going down in the floor , being connected to a ground rod under the floor.

    If not then you are in danger of being electrocuted when showering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YourDaddy View Post
    Can I be electrocuted?
    Yup - get it fixed, live wires need to be shielded and protected. GFCI circuits where ever water and electricity occupy the same space. Only takes tickle current to screw up your heartbeat. Don't take chances. Get a "qualified" sparky in there to reroute the power cable.

    It is a "life-threatening" hazard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bowie View Post
    Get a "qualified" sparky in there to reroute the power cable.
    In Thailand, out in the sticks? Monkey see, monkey do, would be about the best you cud get.


    Quote Originally Posted by bowie View Post
    live wires need to be shielded and protected.
    Joking aside, has it been confirmed to be live?

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    Don't worry about it, Thai electricity is different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pragmatic View Post
    In Thailand, out in the sticks? Monkey see, monkey do, would be about the best you cud get.

    joking aside, has it been confirmed to be live?



    Prag - you are right, out in the sticks - you're stuck, but, there are a few qualified electricians and a slew of the "monkey see, monkey doers". Gotta do your due diligence and find a qualified sparky. Can't take chances with electricity.

    joking aside, has it been confirmed to be live?[/QUOTE]

    Don't know. Opening post says it's the water heater cable. He is living there - can't take a chance.

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    For start you buy a GFCI breaker (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter), ca.300 Baht (e.g. in TW), connect it in-between the incomer and the water heater:


    Good precaution is also to have the shower connection by a plastic hose instead of the flexible steel one (as shown on my picture).
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    Quote Originally Posted by YourDaddy View Post
    This power cable was installed for the shower heater.
    But it cud, as someone pointed out, be the earth. But even so that is wrong to be in the shower room.

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    You ever live in reality? You know damn well it's an issue. Cut the power at the breaker. Test the heater to be certain the power is dead. Then disconnect at the breaker panel. Reroute a new properly grounded cable overhead as in not in the water like through the ceiling like it should be. And keep the point of use style heater ( I assume you have) out of any possible water being splashed about.

    Really daddy I wouldn't be caught dead in that accident waiting to happen.

    fish.

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    Think about it.
    That wire, regardless of whether it's a live wire or a ground wire, is still a copper wire that is connected to a box (the water heater) that has a 220 volt supply.
    If a fault develops in that ie. a live wire exposed or an energised ground wire you wouldn't want to have wet feet around it.
    Or dry ones.
    GFCIs are a great idea but don't necessarily save you either depending on the fault situation.
    So get a real sparkie to separate the hazardous cabling from the people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lom View Post
    I'd guess that is the safety ground wire going down in the floor , being connected to a ground rod under the floor.

    If not then you are in danger of being electrocuted when showering.
    Just to clarify, the wire is in the kitchen, there's no wire going down in the bathroom.

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    ^I'm thinking that bit would have been more helpful in the OP.

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    Still....a lot of contact with water.

    Not in the sticks.....Bangers

    To be honest, I'm more worried about her. She's the one washing floors all the time.
    Last edited by YourDaddy; 23-12-2018 at 10:31 PM.

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    So Toto is not in Toronto anymore...

    Besides the possibility of electrocution, have things been better with the wife since you returned? No further head injuries?


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    Who fucking installed that?









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    Quote Originally Posted by YourDaddy View Post
    I'm gonna call someone and do it behind her back because I know she thinks there is no issue here.
    No idea what that wire is from your pic. Smart. Call someone to fix it properly.

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    What to believe ...

    Quote Originally Posted by YourDaddy View Post
    I'm a fraud. I don't even live in Thailand and have been posting from Serbia for the past 10 years.

    Like Za, I'm just here to practice my English.

    Fuck off everyone and thanks for free English lessons

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    Quote Originally Posted by YourDaddy View Post
    This power cable was installed for the shower heater.
    Just to clarify. Is it a live wire connected to the shower?


    Quote Originally Posted by YourDaddy View Post
    Just to clarify, the wire is in the kitchen, there's no wire going down in the bathroom.
    So your shower is in the kitchen? Or is your kitchen in the shower?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pragmatic View Post
    So your shower is in the kitchen? Or is your kitchen in the shower?
    Quote Originally Posted by YourDaddy View Post
    She's the one washing floors all the time.
    I think he just lies down in the kitchen when the wife is washing the floors.

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    The wire is connected to the shower heater which is in the bathroom.

    The wire goes all the way to the kitchen where it's burried to the ground.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YourDaddy View Post
    The wire goes all the way to the kitchen where it's burried to the ground.
    How long has it been like that? Do us a favour. Go knock it out and see what it is connected to. Or pay some Somchai to do it.

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