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BANGKOK 18 July 2019 10:20
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Unreliable Utilities

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59 minutes ago, JaiLai said:


Anything here takes a long time.


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obviously you have not bar fined a young lady recently.   

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56 minutes ago, Kwasaki said:

Well they are improving it in and around us, improving infrastructure takes a long time.

Same in  our area. Outages  used to be frequent and  long. Now they are  infrequent and usually last a few seconds up to 3  times. If a 3rd outage occurs it  can be a long one which I presume is due to all alternative  feeds being damaged. Lightning  strikes are usually  fatal to transformers and it is not PEA's  fault  it happens. Certainly the supply is more consistent although in the last couple of  months depleted and  wavering in voltage. I put it down to the increasing level of  aircon  usage  and  the  supply being regulated to avoid  excess draw on reserves via substations. Always  better at night which may be due to industrial consumers having the priority?

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Mind you could be worse on the power cuts front .. Remember the 3 day week back in the 70's .? Imagine if they had that sort of thing going on in Thailand .. Be a good time to move into the candles market though I suppose ..  

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14 minutes ago, GinBoy2 said:

I would speculate that everyone of us will have long turned to dust before the 'spaghetti' is gone.

 

Often it's actually amazed me that any of it actually works at all. How any lineman can identify whats still active or just abandoned cable in the mess of tangled wires truly amazes me.

 

In our Thai home we always keep a supply of battery lamps, ready for that couple of claps of thunder.

 

As for the guys in Bangkok, you live in a special Thai bubble, most of the country...not so much!

Agreed. 

 

I have switched to solar lights around the outside home now too, so if the power is out the place is not in total darkness of an evening.

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Close to BKK near central westgate no problems with watersupply only electricity that goes off sometimes for a short time (few seconds) and even rarer longer (think one time this year usually when it rains). So cant complain too much. For the short power breaks i got an UPS.. if longer im F@cked but does not happen often enough to warrant an generator.

 

 

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5 hours ago, johng said:

We still get regular power cuts here in Pattaya/Jomtien area.

" The World class family and Riviera of Thailand resort"  !!

...and in Rayong area.

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3 hours ago, Crossy said:

 

We are not that far outside BKK (inside the outer ring road) but still everytime there is flash-and-bang in the area the power goes off.

 

We have an auto-start genset and UPS's on the essential kit (PCs, routers, Madam's TV) so we barely notice anything apart from the aircon beeping when the genset comes on line.

 

Intermittent and variable (180V) power is just a fact of life. Mitigate it as best you can, nothing is going to change any time soon 😞

 

I'm lost when it comes to electric, is this easy to do? in the past i've asked an electrician about it but it just seems way above his knowledge, any info of how to set up would be very much appreciated.

 

Thanks.

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Nong Krot north of Nakhon S. - power out last night for 6 hours, no generator... yet, but have considered it, because of endless unstable electricity. PEA? Gave up on these bastards long time ago: "You need talk to puu yai baan and collect 500 signed letters from people, then we will consider more transformer".

 

Bangkok political/taharn elite more busy with Thailand 4.0 - whatever that is, and highspeed trains, stupid as they are.. 

 

FIX THE CRUMBLING INFRASTRUCTURE FIRST, YOU MORONS!!!

 

 

 

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About five kilometers from Pua in Nan province. Six storms in last eight weeks, lost power in all of them. Not for long, longest maybe 90 minutes. Couple of other outages that turned out to be for planned installations/maintenance. One storm also cut the True fibre optic cable in two places. Was fixed within a day of us reporting it, seems we are the only folks using it in our locale. We have low voltage from PEA but as at least one person above said, nothing you can do about that other than your own mitigations. Village water has been strong and clean to date. All-in-all I'm reasonably happy with our utilities.

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4 minutes ago, JaiLai said:

I'm lost when it comes to electric, is this easy to do? in the past i've asked an electrician about it but it just seems way above his knowledge, any info of how to set up would be very much appreciated.

 

Have a look in this thread, it's certainly not beyond a competent DIYer but some knowledge of electrics is really needed.

 

 

Alternatively Global (and other places) sell generators that are "auto start ready" along with the transfer switches. One imagines that they also provide an installation service 🙂

 

 

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5 hours ago, johng said:

We still get regular power cuts here in Pattaya/Jomtien area.

" The World class family and Riviera of Thailand resort"  !!

You must be unlucky then as, touch wood, central/north Pattaya only recent cuts were when they were doing something along 3rd Road with the power lines - and that was some months ago.

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5 hours ago, BritManToo said:

And up North here in San Sai, power goes out nearly every time there's a strong wind or a bit of rain.

In San Sai (the Doi Saket side) as well and luckily haven't had any cuts this year (last year regularly) but my biggest problem is the power flickering on and off (a second or so) when there's really strong wind. Had to go an buy a UPS for my computer it was so bad earlier this month. 

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