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Yes you have the equipment to extinguish the fire... at least when the fire does not start when YOU ARE SLEEPING...

There are 2 things that HAVE to be OK when buying/renting a house: the roof and electricity...



It's YOUR life (and maybe others) on stake. I would NOT sleep relaxed there.


I've seen enough burned cables in my carreer smile.gif --> big cables ofcourse as I'm on the grid tongue.gif --> the smallest cable we have is the one that connects your house to the grid (here it's a EXVB 4x16mm² --> is like 5AWG)
   
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post #12 of 33
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Originally Posted by ASUSfreak View Post

Yes you have the equipment to extinguish the fire... at least when the fire does not start when YOU ARE SLEEPING...

There are 2 things that HAVE to be OK when buying/renting a house: the roof and electricity...



It's YOUR life (and maybe others) on stake. I would NOT sleep relaxed there.


I've seen enough burned cables in my carreer smile.gif --> big cables ofcourse as I'm on the grid tongue.gif --> the smallest cable we have is the one that connects your house to the grid (here it's a EXVB 4x16mm² --> is like 5AWG)

The AC and heat also must work, if it is included with the place.

This is some kind of comfort law, I just got out of 4 months rent because of this. I had AC when I moved in, it broke, and my landlord was lazy.

Today and tomorrow we are having a new AC unit installed completely and the thousands of dollars I saved not paying rent will now go towards paying rent. Worked out well. It was like getting nothing but baby wipes and diapers as gifts for the wives baby shower, Money in our pockets.
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Minor update

A contractor said my pc isnt what I would worry about. That doesnt pull enough power. What he said is worrying is if we decide to put a ac unit in the windows. Then chances are it will fail. I just dont know how to go about telling the landlord I need the place rewired. That isnt cheap and easy and I am sure it will be like pulling teeth.

And my wife switched over the renter insurance and added some worth to the plan just incase anything breaks. But thats besides the point.
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Well, with renters insurance, you guys now have an upgrade path. :]
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I would buy renters insurance ASAP, and don't keep any non-replaceable items in there, that place sounds like a fire about to happen any day now thumb.gif
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Im going to talk to the fire marshal tomorrow. Nothing valuable is plugged in atm. Lights and a old tube tv is all.
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Ok we had a town inspector look at the issues and he said everything looks good. The only thing he would suggest is splitting out the breakers.

The voltage from the outlets are perfect 120v and doesn't fluctuate. He said if we have any othee issues we are free to call him.
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Ok we had a town inspector look at the issues and he said everything looks good. The only thing he would suggest is splitting out the breakers.

The voltage from the outlets are perfect 120v and doesn't fluctuate. He said if we have any othee issues we are free to call him.


It won't fluctuate if you don't draw amps... that's the whole story...

E.g. (just an example) if the copper wire is cut in half, but the 2 copper ends touch eachother, the voltage WILL pass. But once you start drawing amps, it WILL burn out.

And when you told before the insulation is cotton-like it will burn/smoulder into the walls etc...

Dzjeezes I don't understand how you can feel safe smile.gif

If it looks like this:



REPLACE IT BY THIS:



Also does your installation has a differential switch (the one with a "T" button on it --> Test)??? If not you could die, when you touch a device that is under electricity, because the power will find the path to the ground via your body... --> And only the differential switch without a decent grounding of the installation is useless... So that should also be fine (under 10 Ohm)

And your circuit breakers? How old are they???

Man, electricity is not something funny or underestimated... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yX5TIDLvMyw (yes it's high voltage but still)


Ask if an electrician can "megger" the cables --> over here we put 500V or 1000V on the wires to test them for flaws. If that's OK, we can safely put 230V/400V on it from the grid.
Edited by ASUSfreak - 4/11/14 at 2:36pm
   
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Thanks ASUSfreak. I am now moving back to 1443, before this deadly stuff was around.
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Thanks ASUSfreak. I am now moving back to 1443, before this deadly stuff was around.

No problem, but try not to live another few hundred years because electricity was invented in the early 1800's (I guess tongue.gif)


I'm just trying to push him so the landlord would take action...
   
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