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Re: Back to your second home in France from the UK, by the end June?

by RobertArthur • Sun 14 Jun 2020 12:00

Just to inform the USA members - good morning California - of this forum something about the next steps after July 1, opening the external borders of the countries of the European Union. Freedom of movement in the Schengen area, and the special case of the Scandinavian countries , is one thing. Once...

Re: Back to your second home in France from the UK, by the end June?

by RobertArthur • Sat 13 Jun 2020 09:53

A press release of June 12 by the French ministry of Foreign Affairs : no border restrictions for the Schengen citizens as from June 15. The Britons are also welcome, but are kindly invited to observe a quarantaine of 14 days, quote from the press release: " Le Royaume-Uni a choisi de mettre en pla...

Re: Back to your second home in France from the UK, by the end June?

by RobertArthur • Mon 08 Jun 2020 09:28

Monday morning June 8, UK's quarantaine in force, so from now on the principle of réciprocité starts to make life more difficult, as announced by the French government two weeks ago, self isolate after entering France from the UK: " Le gouvernement français met en place, à compter du lundi 25 mai 20...

Back to your second home in France from the UK, by the end June?

by RobertArthur • Sat 06 Jun 2020 23:09

It is almost shooting at a moving target, new interviews, ministers correcting each other and finally to be corrected by the prime minister himself etc. Yesterday, Friday, our dear European Commissioner Ylva Johansson (Sweden) announced that there will be a more or less common Schengen approach to o...

Re: Cable size and a second distribution panel

by RobertArthur • Sat 06 Jun 2020 22:49

Dave, not redundant this disjoncteur. It's there to protect the feed to the tableau secondaire. Probably 2.5, 4 or 6 mm², not designed to carry a possible short current from the main switch, protecting at a much higher rating (30 / 45 / 60 or 75 amps. There we see at least 10 mm² and with the introd...

Forum: French Electrics
Topic: Cable size and a second distribution panel
Replies: 2
Views: 1487

Re: The C word!

by RobertArthur • Fri 10 Apr 2020 13:08

@ Virtdave: I'm just walking the dog, used to be easier . Show me your attestation, please (Ausweis, bitte!). Shopping, just take your bicycle? You must be joking, allowed during the Tour de France season, but to use it as a simple means of transport? C'est du concurrence deloyale pour Renault, Peug...

Forum: La Vie en Creuse
Topic: The C word!
Replies: 44
Views: 6395

Cable size and a second distribution panel

by RobertArthur • Mon 20 Jan 2020 21:37

Recurring questions even in French forums about the connection of a second distribution panel, un tableau secondaire or divisionnaire . To keep it simple only a single-phase example to get the picture . The included table is for a voltage drop of 2%. For 1% divide the maximum distance in half. Frenc...

Forum: French Electrics
Topic: Cable size and a second distribution panel
Replies: 2
Views: 1487

Re: The French telephone wiring (and faster internet)

by RobertArthur • Sun 19 Jan 2020 19:34

To continue: around 2028 the Plain Old Telephone System (POTS) will be something of the past. The French Telecommunications Authority (ARCEP) has published this timeline . Gist: a gradual technical shutdown, as from November 2018 no new analogue lines, as from November 2019 no new RNIS (ISDN) lines....

The French telephone wiring (and faster internet)

by RobertArthur • Fri 17 Jan 2020 23:00

To answer a question today in another forum I recycled a rather lengthy article I wrote several years ago about telecom issues in France. Only the part that describes the wiring colours and adsl/internet problems. It's a quick summary about the traditional telephone wiring here in France. Not addres...

Re: New electricity meters

by RobertArthur • Wed 08 Jan 2020 12:53

Simon, about timing. Not more than an indication: input your code postal in this interactive map provided by ENEDIS (they should know).

More precision: four weeks before date x, y or z ENEDIS will send you a letter.

Forum: French Electrics
Topic: New electricity meters
Replies: 35
Views: 14350

Re: French Electrics - FAQ

by RobertArthur • Sun 29 Dec 2019 19:18

Alistair, The use of single phase interrupteurs différentiel and disjoncteurs in a three-phase tableau électrique , a possible layout following the Amendement 5 update of the French electrical code. Three-phase RCDs and MCBs only to feed electric motors, a chauffe-eau électrique triphasé , woodworki...

Forum: French Electrics
Topic: French Electrics - FAQ
Replies: 6
Views: 9536

Re: French Electrics - FAQ

by RobertArthur • Sun 29 Dec 2019 16:52

Alistair, don't you worry. Let's take the example of the diagnostic électrique . Yes, this check is obligatoire when you sell a house. Next? It's only there for information purposes. What you see is what you get, transparency etc. No obligation for the owner to hire an electrician to bring everythin...

Forum: French Electrics
Topic: French Electrics - FAQ
Replies: 6
Views: 9536

Re: Demonstrations and strike action in France

by RobertArthur • Wed 25 Dec 2019 13:42

Useful websites these days:

What's going on in public transport.

On the road again or not?

No milk or no fuel today?

Forum: Café Creusois
Topic: Demonstrations and strike action in France
Replies: 5
Views: 2280

Re: French Electrics - FAQ

by RobertArthur • Wed 25 Dec 2019 13:35

It's the time of the season for updates, in French. A summary of the changes ( Amendement 5) in the French electrical code by Promotelec. They also have two pages about the regs for a three-phase tableau-électrique and a questions and answers page, foire aux questions.

Forum: French Electrics
Topic: French Electrics - FAQ
Replies: 6
Views: 9536

Off-peak electricity: cheaper?

by RobertArthur • Mon 23 Dec 2019 12:51

Is the option heures pleines/heures creuses (HP/HC) helping you to lower your electricity bill or not? It used to be so in the past. As from august 2010 the picture started changing, a flashback . The heures creuses/heures pleines option is probably cheaper if: electric heating, chauffe-eau électriq...

Forum: French Electrics
Topic: Off-peak electricity: cheaper?
Replies: 1
Views: 2883

Re: New electricity meters

by RobertArthur • Sun 22 Dec 2019 17:12

None the wiser? Let me try to summarise. Smart grid benefits for EDF / ENEDIS: 1/ Firing Mr Meterman; 2/ Your power measured in kVA and not in kW (extra income for EDF); 3/ About 5% of the clients has to upgrade to a higher puissance souscrite ; 4/ Possibility to change your tariff easily from HQ; 5...

Forum: French Electrics
Topic: New electricity meters
Replies: 35
Views: 14350

Re: New electricity meters

by RobertArthur • Sat 21 Dec 2019 12:28

Every story has an end. How much water down the river Seine the last ten years, not too much however in les rivières de Creuse this summer, how many words about the introduction of the French smart meter LINKY? How many believers and non-believers, little wars of religion, lack of hard facts, lack o...

Forum: French Electrics
Topic: New electricity meters
Replies: 35
Views: 14350

Re: Solar panels in France: a steeplechase

by RobertArthur • Sun 17 Nov 2019 18:35

Creusebear, these energy companies were only interested in very big footprints and the rather high kWH prices of eight, ten years ago. Not such a thing for a simple maison.

Forum: French Electrics
Topic: Solar panels in France: a steeplechase
Replies: 3
Views: 1411

Solar panels in France: a steeplechase

by RobertArthur • Fri 15 Nov 2019 12:18

After the French photovolaic crisis in 2009 things have calmed down a bit. Not too many forum questions about solar panels the last few years, a lot of red tape here in France, not very inviting. Price level is also not helpful: easily two to three times as expensive as in Germany and other EU count...

Forum: French Electrics
Topic: Solar panels in France: a steeplechase
Replies: 3
Views: 1411

Main supply: more power or a system of load shedding (délestage)

by RobertArthur • Wed 13 Nov 2019 13:49

Questions, answers, forums, they come and go. What's not there anymore, even our friend Google is not going to retrieve it. So I decided to not sweep bits and pieces of earlier information under the carpet, but in the direction of a little summary . How to connect power hungry electric appliances wi...

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