Re: Book Recommendation - L'installation électrique

by RobertArthur • Mon 26 Nov 2018 18:56

Almost a year ago both authors published a slightly revised 6th edition of "L'Installation électrique" . Page count of the 5th edition of L'Installation Électrique (October 2016, including all the Amendement 5 changes) was 580 and 8 pages more in this 6th edition. No reason to buy the new one if you...

Re: Tax Habitation and Foncier

by RobertArthur • Sun 25 Nov 2018 12:41

Not (yet) relevant for the Creuse and the Nièvre, the permission given to certain municipalities in 2013 to levy an extra " surtaxe d'habitation " for maisons secondaires, under president Hollande . They don't have to do it, they can if deemed necessary. President Macron made matters more complicate...

Re: Swimming Pool

by RobertArthur • Wed 08 Aug 2018 15:09

Probably it's the time of the season, a French DIY reporting about the construction of his swimming pool.

Forum: Building and DIY
Topic: Swimming Pool
Replies: 6
Views: 861

Re: Swimming Pool

by RobertArthur • Tue 07 Aug 2018 15:01

Not any experience at all I'm afraid. Opening my mailbox is an hourly routine: this morning an article by SystèmeD about swimming pools . About mr Taxman: your taxe foncière will go in the wrong direction for non-removable swimming pools. About maintenance: always work to do. About safety issues: ev...

Forum: Building and DIY
Topic: Swimming Pool
Replies: 6
Views: 861

Re: 80km/h Maximum Speed on Local Roads

by RobertArthur • Sat 28 Jul 2018 10:05

In Le Parisien an article about: "Les vraies causes de la mortalité sur les autoroutes" Smartphones, drinking, fatigue are difficult to target. Easier - the government is really trying to protect it's beloved citoyens et citoyennes - is replacing the existing 90 km road signs by 80 km signs made in ...

Forum: Survey Yourselves
Topic: 80km/h Maximum Speed on Local Roads
Replies: 9
Views: 1386

Re: New electricity meters

by RobertArthur • Thu 05 Apr 2018 15:57

Never a dull moment. Another disadvantage, power limiting. No, not the nervous reaction of Linky seeing a very small overload. This time about real overloads. Once upon a time changing your puissance souscrite from let's say 6 kVa to 9 kVa needed a manual intervention by a technician, opening your d...

Forum: French Electrics
Topic: New electricity meters
Replies: 31
Views: 10188

Re: Help with Main Supply Cable Size and Type

by RobertArthur • Sun 18 Mar 2018 18:01

Many years ago, so time for an update. For the long connection - more than 30 meters - and copper wiring these are the wiring lengths for a voltage drop of 2 %. For aluminium, lower price but not always easy to handle, this table will give you the answers for single-phase and three-phase. In some ca...

Forum: French Electrics
Topic: Help with Main Supply Cable Size and Type
Replies: 5
Views: 4452

Re: French NF C 15-100 code

by RobertArthur • Sat 03 Mar 2018 17:05

Time for an annual update, links come and go, a summary of useful books and websites. No real surprises, but (almost) everything about the French electrical code under the roof of one a little document.

Forum: French Electrics
Topic: French NF C 15-100 code
Replies: 26
Views: 19760

Re: Limestone Flour

by RobertArthur • Tue 27 Feb 2018 17:29

What about agri websites:

https://www.agrileader.fr/matieres-prem ... lcium.html

edit: sorry, too late with my search activities. But the cows look familiar, probably the same as escaped from this website header as it used to be.

Forum: Gardening, Smallholding and Livestock
Topic: Limestone Flour
Replies: 4
Views: 830

Re: TV

by RobertArthur • Wed 24 Jan 2018 14:55

If it is a French tv, not too old, it has a built-in decoder for the (free) TNT signals. But not all decoders are equal: the digitally encoded TNT tv signals are now in HD format, so only rather new tv sets or separate adaptateurs are capable of receiving these French tv signals. Goes for around thi...

Forum: Technology Troubles
Topic: TV
Replies: 3
Views: 1237

Re: Insert woodburner question

by RobertArthur • Sun 07 Jan 2018 12:48

Trying to get more comfort and heat elsewhere in the house there are inserts with built-in ventilation systems . Also available as retrofit units. From what I've seen I consider these add-ons as workarounds, not able to do the same as modern high-efficiency wood stoves. In case of a black-out - not ...

Forum: Property and Utilities Queries
Topic: Insert woodburner question
Replies: 6
Views: 1037

Re: Insert woodburner question

by RobertArthur • Sun 07 Jan 2018 11:04

The insert is the French answer to the question: what shall we do with a traditional open fire place. My question: is there any compelling reason to continue this solution? Or is it a constructional design from the sixties, prohibiting a solution like this one?

Forum: Property and Utilities Queries
Topic: Insert woodburner question
Replies: 6
Views: 1037

Re: New electricity meters

by RobertArthur • Sat 30 Dec 2017 10:41

Alistair, may I take this opportunity for a word of advice for others where ENEDIS is going to fit the new Linky meter. Having a three-phase supply has always been a bit more complicated than single-phase. Because it is not too difficult to overload only one of the three phases - your puissance sous...

Forum: French Electrics
Topic: New electricity meters
Replies: 31
Views: 10188

Re: New electricity meters

by RobertArthur • Mon 18 Dec 2017 12:39

With so many ENEDIS technicians installing these new LINKY smart meters the number of questions is rising. So time for a clarification about their power limiting behaviour. When they install a new Linky meter the main switch, the disjoncteur de branchement (DB), stays where it ever was. Two of it's ...

Forum: French Electrics
Topic: New electricity meters
Replies: 31
Views: 10188

Re: nom patronymique le cas èchèant

by RobertArthur • Mon 23 Oct 2017 22:42

Le nom patronymique est celui qui vous été donné à votre naissance, so your wife's maiden name, le cas échéant.(where appropriate, if appropriate, if need be)

Forum: Langue Française
Topic: nom patronymique le cas èchèant
Replies: 1
Views: 443

Re: Water Bill

by RobertArthur • Sat 16 Sep 2017 19:13

As far as I know there is new legislation in force as from the first of July 2013. In case of a substantial leak " la facture est plafonnée ". They are allowed to invoice you for the double of your average yearly consommation .Read this article in Le Figaro: https://www.actu-environnement.com/ae/new...

Forum: Property and Utilities Queries
Topic: Water Bill
Replies: 4
Views: 1248

Re: telephone line issues

by RobertArthur • Thu 24 Aug 2017 22:19

It's the same old song I'm afraid.Orange doesn't like copper in low-profit areas. An old lady here in our hameau had to wait several months before she got her line back. In le Journal du Centre not so long ago a story about a village in the Morvan without working lines for several months. Another ex...

Forum: Technology Troubles
Topic: telephone line issues
Replies: 2
Views: 246

Re: Tax habitation form

by RobertArthur • Wed 23 Aug 2017 10:32

I took note of many French questions about the same issue, so you're not the only one who is trying to get a masters degree in fiscal rocket science. I wished I could give you a simple answer in English, but it's only links I can offer you. In leFigaro this summary and this from Mr. Taxman .

Forum: Property and Utilities Queries
Topic: Tax habitation form
Replies: 4
Views: 369

Re: France Télécom help line

by RobertArthur • Thu 15 Jun 2017 12:34

Virtdave, I couldn't agree more. After years of talking to French brick walls, there is no problem monsieur, the first thing the English guy said to me when picking up my call was: is there something wrong with your line sir, it sounds very noisy. To cut a long story short: a week later two vans arr...

Forum: Technology Troubles
Topic: France Télécom help line
Replies: 1
Views: 264

Re: Crit'Air

by RobertArthur • Sun 11 Jun 2017 23:51

Good news #4: After ordering and paying I received immediately a confirmation mail: ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Dear, Thank you for completing an Air Quality Certificate Order. It is currently be...

Forum: Taxes, Health, Finance and Employment
Topic: Crit'Air
Replies: 4
Views: 895
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