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Old 10-31-2015, 11:53 AM   #1
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I am an American electrician and have had the opportunity to work on British electrical systems. Aside from the UK using British Standard and the Australians using Australian Standard, is there any real difference? Thank you
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I am an American electrician and have had the opportunity to work on British electrical systems. Aside from the UK using British Standard and the Australians using Australian Standard, is there any real difference? Thank you
I would say yes, and the Australians have their own code book as well..
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There is some difference, but the greatest is between the UK and North America.
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I am an American electrician and have had the opportunity to work on British electrical systems. Aside from the UK using British Standard and the Australians using Australian Standard, is there any real difference? Thank you
No difference, other than they are different countries with different laws.
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No difference, other than they are different countries with different laws.
Big difference.

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It all depends on what you call
"Real difference" ?
Please elaborate ?
Yes we are simulair !
But as all electricians know
The devil is in the detail !
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No difference, guns are banned in both countries.
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Having been briefed* in each doctrine, i think i can honestly say they're both nowhere near the copperholics** we NEC folk are.....



*enough to understand the basics....thx to Tony & UK crew....

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Much better surf in Australia. Makes a big difference to quality electricians.
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It all depends on what you call
"Real difference" ?
Please elaborate ?
Yes we are simulair !
But as all electricians know
The devil is in the detail !
1)Is your distribution voltage 400/230, 3phase, 50hz?
2)Does the utility provide a neutral and ground wire?
3)Do you protect everything with a RCD(residual current device)?
4)Do you use ring circuits?
5)How often do you perform impedance testing?
6)How often do you test the trip curve on a RCD?
7)Do you use plastic conduit in houses?
8)What kind of conduit/ cables(SWA cable, Steel Wire Armoured) do you use in commercial and industrial settings?
9)Do you have fuses(13amp) in your plugs?

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1)Is your distribution voltage 400/230, 3phase, 50hz?
2)Does the utility provide a neutral and ground wire?
3)Do you protect everything with a RCD(residual current device)?
4)Do you use ring circuits?
5)How often do you perform impedance testing?
6)How often do you test the trip curve on a RCD?
7)Do you use plastic conduit in houses?
8)What kind of conduit/ cables(SWA cable, Steel Wire Armoured) do you use in commercial and industrial settings?
9)Do you have fuses(13amp) in your plugs?

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1- technically it is 230/400 but in reality its 240/415.
2 - utilty provides neutral but not earth, all poles have neutral bonded
So each house /building has ground rod.as do all.poles.
3- any new instals require rcd's on.power circuits only,
Rcd's on other circuits such as lighting is encouraged but not mandatory.
4- ring mains are not used, but I have seen them in older buildings very rare.
5- not very often, probably only for inspection testing.
6- depends on classificaton, varies from every 6 months to every 2 years.
7- yes. But mainly.if.it is exposed. If it is inside a timber ir plaster wall usually no
If inside a ciŮder block wall yes.
8- mosty pvc conduit, high density in some applications, armoured used mainly
In industrial, or domestic if subject to rough use.Mostly copper wire no alum.
9- no fuses in plugs.

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I have seen that India and Qatar both use the British system but in execution there are vast differences. Kind of like Mexico. their code is very similar but no one installs it that way.
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I know that Australia accept UK electricians for a Visa so it cannot be that different. There is a license to practice however within Oz dependant on what state you want to work in.
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Having not worked there .

I will guess the Wiring .




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All Right .

Check the Internet , lots of info . Here is 2007

http://r.b5z.net/i/u/10115377/f/Aust...ncl_amdt_1.pdf


They have 50hz system , they loop through terminals ,


http://www.techstreet.com/publishers...S2saArQF8P8HAQ

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