“I'd rather regret the things that I have done than the things that I have not.”
― Lucille Ball

Friday, November 26, 2010

Electric connection

Left of the large Decorp post is our post with the insulators mounted.
The Decorp post is in our property.
As part of the fence in front of the property, along the barangay road, we extended the outermost column near to the post of Decorp (Dagupan Electric Corporation), used for low voltage single phase (230V) and high voltage 3-phase electricity distribution in our barangay.

To start the procedure for a connection, we had to fill-up forms in the city hall, get permission from the fire brigade and bring the papers to the Decorp office in Dagupan. And for each step in the process a fee is required, sometimes under the table to speed-up the procedure.

The column is 6 meters high and used to mount the required insulators and metering house for connection of our property to the public network of Decorp.

Everything was prepared and on Monday November 8, our electrician came to install everything required as described by the Decorp inspector a week earlier.

We went to Dagupan for purchasing the materials. It took half a day to buy and install everything.

I was a bit surprised of what he did, as my understanding was from the plan that we would have a ground cable connection to the house in stead of an air cable connection. However, that was his understanding as it turned out later, one of the many mis-communication problems I experience here.

The circuit-breaker is connected to the meterbase eith AWG #2 cable
The Decorp guys make the connection.
After paying the connection fee next day in the office in Dagupan, the inspector arrived on Wednesday and decided everything was well installed and he would inform the office that we were ready for connection.

On Friday two guys from Decorp arrived for actually making the connection. As we had meanwhile removed the meter outlet as installed by our electrician and replaced by a temporary connection to the bahay kubo with a 40A circuit breaker, they decided to connect to the net with a #8 AWG interconnect (max 30 A). If the permanent connection cable is installed, we will need a reconnect with an AWG #2 interconnect. Our building plan specifies a 85A circuit breaker.

The job was done in half an hour and after testing the light in the bahay kubo, I received the official paper. The meter was biased 2 KWh, which will be deducted when the first monthly bill is prepared. This seems to be normal practise and is caused by factory testing done on request of the government.
The initial metering display is 2 KWh

As you can see in the pictures, the post of Decorp to which we are connected is on our property. This is not unusually in rural areas, as when the posts were installed, they had no idea of ownership and boundaries of properties.

We have to send a letter to Decorp to explain and apply for a request to move the post. We will do this later. No idea of the costs, but I am sure Decorp will not shoulder the costs. 

Just a final remark for the Dutch forum guys interested in this area, we have a grounded single-phase connection, meaning that one connector is grounded/neutral and the other one is having the active hot power connect, same as we have in the Netherlands.


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