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Bulgarian wiring

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Bulgarian wiring

Post Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 7:46 pm

Hello There.
I have noticed that Bulgarian wiring and cables even new ones have differant colours for live neutral and earth than the usual EU standard.
Brown for live Blue for neutral and Green and Yellow for earth. I asked two Bulgarian electrician { supposed electricians} and got two differant answers. Does anyone out there no what colours correspond to live neutral and earth. If you know please let me know, but please don't guess at it.
Thanks and regards
Hermann

 

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Re: Bulgarian wiring

Post Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 12:24 am

It depends who did the wiring. If it was Vancho, green is live and black is neutral. Stefcho does it the other way round.


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Re: Bulgarian wiring

Post Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 12:38 am

Serious answer; It really does depend on who did the wiring. The cable that's laid into houses often has a three-core flat (side-by-side) structure with no colour coding whatsoever. the only safe way to check what's going on with your domestic set-up is to invest in a digital test meter that will show how the wires are polarised. (It will also show how the voltage fluctuates between 150 and 300 volts if you watch it for a couple of minutes).
If you assume that the earth wire is connected to nothing and that the switch is on the neutral side of the circuit you will have a taken a useful step towards safety.
The plugs in BG, as in most of the world, don't distinguish between live and neutral. You can put them in upside down and they still work. Just make sure that before you take a screwdriver to a socket you isolate it by flicking down the circuit-breaker. Or, more likely, unscrew one of the three porcelain fuse-holders in the wooden box by the front door.
Oh, and wear rubber shoes...


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