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Joe Tedesco

11:18AM | 11/12/02
Member Since: 07/27/02
140 lifetime posts
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Please ask questions about foreign electrical systems in areas where they will provide answers using the code in that area.

[This message has been edited by Joe Tedesco (edited November 16, 2002).]

Jim D

11:43PM | 11/12/02
Member Since: 01/06/01
345 lifetime posts
Joe - hi, I wanted to offer a comment. Of course, the posting was deleted before I saw it, so I'll take your word for it that it was far-fetched. Please note that some of us who post here are members of the US military and may be posted overseas, and we use the Internet to do research. My profile doesn't state that I've been in the US Air Force for the last 28 years (2 to go until I have to choose another career), and have lived in Ankara, Turkey (Dec 80 - Dec 82) and Tokyo, Japan (Sep 86 - Aug 90). In both places, I did my share of self-help wiring jobs due to the inability to communicate with local electricians (language barriers).

In Turkey, the voltage is 220 VAC/50 Hz and nearly every American who lives off base has to have someone install a huge (3000 to 5000 watt) transformer to step the voltage down to 110 VAC/50 Hz. Power surges and poor wiring resulted in many blown fuses, which the local electrician would fix by stripping the insulation off an old chunk of 16 gauge extension cord wire and using the stranded wire to rewire the ceramic fuse.

In Japan, the voltage is 100 VAC/50 Hz, so some items would hardly work right as 100 VAC is close to a brownout condition in the USA. About the only solution available there was a constant voltage transformer which would take 90 - 110 VAC in and ensure a reliable 115 VAC output.

Again, I'll defer to your position as the moderator - which I can state you've been doing very well - when you decide to delete postings. I only ask that you please remember some posters may be Americans living overseas who may just want a "warm fuzzy" from someone else who's "been there and lived through that" when it comes to the wiring nightmares they may encounter. I'd be the first to tell them to contact an interpreter/translator on base to seek assistance with local electricians.

Even though I've worked electronics all my Air Force career, I know I'm not an electrician...thanks for the education you've been providing me for free! Regards to all the professionals who post here!

Jim D/Heathsville, VA
CMSgt, USAF

Joe Tedesco

01:54PM | 11/13/02
Member Since: 07/27/02
140 lifetime posts
Jim

Thanks for your comments, and I will be happy to answer any questions that you may have concerning wiring systems that are used in the USA.

No one should be offended when a message is deleted based on questionable content.

In the future, instead of deleting posts, when they appear far fetched, I will ask for opinions from others who visit this site on a regular basis.


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