merlin

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Rick

Just how important is a good "Earth" in ones house electrics? I have never had to think about this before when in the UK, but since living here have received conflicting advice as to why some high power electrical items dont seem to work at full power. ie. Air Con and Microwave etc.

Apart from the safety issues which also concern me, what tests could I personally perform to check?

Thanks!

Lee[?]
 

rickshaw

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Lee the earth is the most important wire in any electrical installation.If you are in ANY doubts whatsoever as to the earthing in a house,PLEASE get a qualified electrician to check the installation,its not a DIY job.The risks of a fatal shock are present if the earthing is not up to standard.Rick.
 

merlin

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quote:Originally posted by rickshaw

Lee the earth is the most important wire in any electrical installation.If you are in ANY doubts whatsoever as to the earthing in a house,PLEASE get a qualified electrician to check the installation,its not a DIY job.The risks of a fatal shock are present if the earthing is not up to standard.Rick.

So does my original post make any sense about high voltage items not working to capacity? Could this be a cause of the earth not really functioning? FFS This is Kusadasi!!! LOL I cant afford to get a UK spark!
 

rickshaw

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Lee i'm not too sure as to whether it would affect the running of an electrical appliance,but i doubt it....and stop swearing at me lol.

Its your life mate,if you want an untimely end to life on earth,you just carry on and ignore the advice.Rick.
 

merlin

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quote:Originally posted by rickshaw


Its your life mate,if you want an untimely end to life on earth,you just carry on and ignore the advice.Rick.

Well - what tests can one do DIY to see if an earth is working correctly. Its one of those things you take for granted in the UK.

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rickshaw

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Lee,unless you're conversant with electricity,don't start messing about with it.Specialised equipment is needed to test for full earthing on an installation.Now be a good boy,and do as you're told...get a spark in,it won't cost much,and you will have peace of mind for yourself and your loved one's.Rick.
 

merlin

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quote:Originally posted by rickshaw

Now be a good boy,and do as you're told...get a spark in,it won't cost much,and you will have peace of mind for yourself and your loved one's.Rick.

Doesnt answer my question and you dont have any experience of Tedas here. No worries - thanks!
 

Mushtaq

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You can get some small test equipment from DIY places in the UK, they must have something similar available in builders merchants in Turkey.

I know you can buy a plug that tells you if the earth is safe, but that is for UK sockets.
 

merlin

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quote:Originally posted by mushtaq

I know you can buy a plug that tells you if the earth is safe

Well maybe that should go on your list of things to bring over mushtaq because theres nothing here in Kus or Izmir Metro.
 

Mushtaq

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I'll have a look in my local B&Q etc. and let you know what I can find, should be able to bring one over for you, if it does the job for you.
 

Martyn

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If you have the trips on the fuse box it should give a degree of safety. I think in the UK they trip at 30ma but i don't know about Turkey
 

merlin

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Thanks! I am no greener on this subject than the electricians in TR I have spoken to.
 

lorraine

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Merlin, I have just had an electric lesson from hubby, so here goes: the drop in power to your appliances has nothing to do with the earthing, it is just the fluctuation of the ***** (I am not putting what he says down) Turkish Tedas voltage system in Turkey, that is why we have so many powercuts, (now I sure hope that you understood this) all I understand is that some days my hairdryer works faster than others, its yet to make my hair curl!!!!
 

alain01

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In Turkey you will find that most places are covered by an RCD or similar which detects imbalances in circuits and breaks them a lot quicker than normal fuses...RCD's are used in poor earth areas..the ground in Turkey is a lot drier than here so the earth is not as good.Best earth is a long rod in a pit and keep it well watered..there is a lot more to it which can't be explained just like that...as to other point...equip will work same over there as it same power supplies as here i.e. 220-240 volts 50-60 hz...any more you want to know just ask ...Alan.
 

alain01

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But, as was mentioned earlier, if you get great fluctuations in mains it can cause probs with whatever you are running... and don't forget that earth only used when you have a fault..also , you would be amazed that almost 100 percent of houses I have "serviced" in the UK have had an inadequate earth...and your remark earlier Mushtaq..you can tell if an earth is THERE but not how safe it is without proper testing as Rick mentioned earlier..it is a specialist job..
 

merlin

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quote:Originally posted by alain01

But, as was mentioned earlier, if you get great fluctuations in mains it can cause probs with whatever you are running... and don't forget that earth only used when you have a fault..also , you would be amazed that almost 100 percent of houses I have "serviced" in the UK have had an inadequate earth...

Short of getting someone in from Izmir I think I am just gonna have to grin and bear it TBH. Have little faith in the guys that have already done electric work for me in the past.

Cheers m8y

Merv!
 

alain01

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If you are in a modern building and it is equipped with some form of RCD or RCBO which I would assume was the case...then you don't have much to worry about ..look at your Consumer Unit (fuseboard) and one of the units in it (usually the left hand side unit) should have RCD, RCBO or something similar on it..also in turkey I would assume all houses use earth spikes which you should see outside the property..this is a TT earth...Alan.
 

juco

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alain01

I noticed when I was out in May at the back of the house there is a cable that come out the ground and into the house and appears as if just stuck to the wall as it seems to go nowhere, I meant to find out what this was but forgot, could this be the earth?
 

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