Date: Sun, 15 Sep 2002 16:12:41 +0200
From: Rene Tschaggelar
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Subject: Re: American vs foreign electrical parts and installations
I'm not an electrician myself, just noted the quality.
We have this poke-in-stuff too. And we also have the screw
You have to consider the expected lifetime of an installation.
Private houses were calculated for 70 years, but that came down
to say 50 years in the last decade or so. This means concrete or
houses from stone. So if the owner wants a cheaper house and
negotiates the price to the bearable lower limit, you as
contracter fit the cheaper gear. If it falls appart in 20 or
so years, you have a different company and are not liable anymore.
The lifestyle also changed a bit :
Since you're going to leave the house for your ex-wife,
the cheaper parts are sufficient.
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> Been looking at construction and installation of electrical parts
> used around my home and it raises a question if other countries have
> similar quality parts. Electrical supplies intended for non-home
> voltages are built quite well. There are 208V, 230, 480V three phase
> control gears and switch boxes at surplus stores and they're built like
> a tank just as I expect. My real observations are in supplies intended
> for 120V AC used in both homes and institutional institutions.
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