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1. Why did you want to be an electrician?
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An electrician is a tradesman specializing in electrical wiring of buildings, stationary machines and related equipment. Electricians may be employed in the installation of new electrical components or the maintenance and repair of existing electrical infrastructure.
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2 of 25

What overall experience do you have in construction?

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Ive done a few temp jobs ive worked in the field putting up dry wall and laying down tiles.
 
2.
I join my iti trenning. After my highschool. After I join a cantruction company. And I am continently in this lune since 8 years.
 
3.
I have been involved in both small projects as well as major installations. As an apprentice I worked on the construction of a completely new plant to process toner from the first power conduits to the installation of the machine control circuits.
 
4.
Cable Pulling, conduit installation, wiring installation.
 
5.
I have worked in construction since I was eighteen. I began my electrician education when I was twenty years old. After my first two years in construction, I helped an electrician on a few projects and knew I wanted to do this as a career.
 
6.
Go through plans till practically completing the construction.
 
7.
Exciting life travelling tonew places working with and meeting new people of different cultures.
 
8.
I have a little experience in construction.
 
9.
Rough in, pulling wire, running conduit.
 
10.
Well I havent participate in one yet, but I am open to.
 

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#3 of 25

Where do you see yourself in the next five years?

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1.
Being notice at my work place as a reliable person and a master in all that I do.
 
2.
I see myself being successful at your company at a higher position.
 
3.
As a leader in the industry at the level my abilities permit.
 
4.
I hope to see myself further my knowledge in the electrical field. I would like to work on bigger electrical projects. In the future from that, I would like to be the project manager.
 
5.
If hired by your Electrically company, definitely working here. This has been a dream opportunity to receive this interview. I will be grateful and always appreciate the job if offered.
 
6.
Hopefully in the possition of a project manager with braod knowledge on my field in order to face my daily problems.
 
7.
Maximum success and updated life, skill for new world.
 
8.
Plan to work for a couple of years, then return to college to upskill.
 
9.
Working as an apprentice and bettering my craft.
 
10.
In the next three years I see myself to be one of the good electrician in the industry.
 

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#4 of 25

How well do you pay attention to details?

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In these field paying attention is crucial,you can destroy or cause fatality if not paying attention.Listen and follow instruction always.
 
2.
Always, I found dealing with electricity you must be careful so your full attention is needed.
 
3.
Very well, paying attention to the details is key for doing the job right the first time.
 
4.
Very well, paying attention to the details is a key for doing the job right the first time.
 
5.
Very attentive, double checking or even triple checking your work is always a great idea.
 
6.
More careful and quick reaction.
 
7.
Very much so-on site there are a lot of moving parts between different trades, efficent work relies on communication. Noticing small details is important for planning too.
 
8.
As an electrician I have to be very aware of the details of the circuit requirements to properly size the circuits for new installations. I also have to be on the watch for clues to how to properly install circuits do to NEC regulations the require the designer to modify the circuit for different variables.
 
9.
I am very particular when it comes to details.
 
10.
I pay extra attention details by always checking for any small mistakes that I have missed because it could lead to a problem that could result in affecting your business.
 

Education Requirements

Some electricians start out by attending a technical school. Many technical schools offer programs related to circuitry, safety practices, and basic electrical information. Graduates usually receive credit toward their apprenticeship. After completing their initial training, electricians may be required to take continuing education courses. These courses are usually related to safety practices, changes to the electrical code, and training from manufacturers in specific products.

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#5 of 25

Tell me about your education.

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1.
12th passed and iti electrician.
 
2.
Associates degree from New Castle School of Trade.
 
3.
vocational
 
4.
National vocational Diploma level4 electrical general and Grade 12
 
5.
A vocational graduate, as a Consumer Electronics & Electro-mechanical Technology.
 
6.
Trade tested as an electrician an I have N6
 
7.
OYAP Electrical at Central Tech.
 
8.
Btech in electrical engineering.
 
9.
I have matric and after matric I did my n1-3 engineering science and mathematics at different colleges.
 
10.
3 years Diploma in Electrical engineering.
 

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#6 of 25

What are your weaknesses?

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1.
My youngest son of 28 years is the closest one I have in the trade. He is an 8 year fire alarm tech and very successful.
 
2.
I do not have any family members certified as an Electrician. However, I do have some family members that have a strong understanding for wiring a house properly.
 
3.
No
 
4.
Yes my father and uncles.
 
5.
I have a one brother that is an operator at a power plant, another that is an electrical engineer with a power company and a third that is an electrical chip designer.
 
6.
Yes, my father-in-law, he does marine communications.
 
7.
No, I choose this trade completely on my own.
 
8.
No. My dad was a carpenter so I learned other parts of different trades.
 
9.
No I dnt have any family in this field.
 
10.
Yes I have. My cousin and my uncle already working there in electrical fields.
 

Work Environment

Electricians work indoors and outdoors, in homes, businesses, factories, and construction sites. Because electricians must travel to different worksites, local or long distance commuting is often required. On the jobsite, they occasionally work in cramped spaces, and constant standing and kneeling can be tiring. Those who work in factories are often subject to noisy machinery. As a result, hearing protection must be worn to protect workers from excess noise.

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#7 of 25

Why do you want to work for our team?

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1.
I know your electric company has very good business and a strong reputation in the community. I know if I were hired by you guys, work will more than likely be there. I also feel, my work ethic and desire for perfection in the workplace meets your companies goals quite well.
 
2.
Strong teams are hard to find. I believe I would be a good addition to your team.
 
3.
In our team I should be lead to my team members.
 
4.
Satisfaction and maximum efficient of work.
 
5.
I excited about the field work and the experience I would be getting in working in a trade like this.
 
6.
Colleague says good company to work for oppurtunity to travel.
 
7.
From your archivements I have read from your websit, I have seen that you have a very good repiutations and a very good firm of current use of technology.
 
8.
I want to be know different kind of technology.
 
9.
I am extremely interested in the commercial aspect of this company, and would like to start and finish my career as an electrician with your company.
 
10.
My family has recently moved to the area and I found the city of Tampa to be very attractive, this lead me to search the job postings with the city.
 

Related Careers

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#8 of 25

Have you ever rewired a finished house?

User Submitted Interview Answers

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Yes, the challenge was to not damage any exposed surfaces. The results was close to perfect. We discovered that planning the work and executing the plan assisted in this successful install.
 
2.
Never rewired a finished house but have wired a new construction.
 
3.
Yes I have. It was a tedious process, but not as painful as I thought before I took on the job.
 
4.
No, I have only wired new construction homes.
 
5.
Why not I know all type job in electric line. I could better.
 
6.
Yes I have experience renovation of wiring.
 
7.
Yes, I have done some bit of troblue shooting.
 
8.
Not completely. I have rewired basements with drop ceilings for a light project.
 
9.
No I have never rewired a finished house.
 
10.
No, but I have change wires that needed to be fixed.
 

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#9 of 25

If I ask you to do something in a way you are not used to, how would you handle this?

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I would accept the challenge and complete the task.
 
2.
Will ask questions why,and propose why can't we do it the otherway that I know or use to do it.
 
3.
I will try to manage go through instructions and get experienced persons Ideas.
 
4.
I will take my time to do it or ask you of the correct procedure to do it.
 
5.
I would be curious as to why you wanted me to do it that way, I would mention the way I normally would do the project, and hopefully at the end of the project I would have learned something new that I can apply to future projects.
 
6.
Doing it the way I was told.
 
7.
I will enquire and search abt the way to do it and complete it.
 
8.
I would have no problem with that as long as it was up to the appropriate code standard. I am always willing to find better and more efficient ways to do work.
 
9.
I wont do it then. If my safety and health is involve and it is against the safety and health regulations then I will refuse.
 
10.
Will accept the challenge because I will gain more knowledge and best way to do it.
 

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#10 of 25

How do you handle criticism?

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Yes, to succeed you must learn from failures. It is the first step for my success.
 
2.
I see criticism as an opportunity to succeed in something I may need help with.
 
3.
Looking for answers.
 
4.
Yes we learn from our faults i might be upset but its a lesson learn from critics you improve and become better next time.
 
5.
Yes, my experience as an electrical apprentice taught me how to handle criticism very well.
 
6.
Yes I believe everyone makes mistakes and its just another lesson learned.
 
7.
I take critism for any fault in positive way. Yes it feels bad for some time but its beneficial for me for long term as I learn from it.
 
8.
Yes, I see criticism as getting another point of view.
 
9.
Of course. It helps to better educate me on a topic and help me to perform the task more effectively the next time around.
 
10.
Yes, I believe constructive critisism is important, nobody is perfect.
 

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#11 of 25

What did you find difficult to do as an electrician when you were an apprentice? How have you learned to do this without feeling challenged by it?

User Submitted Interview Answers

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I had to assist in changing the wires in the weather head down to the meter. I found this situation a little difficult, after completing the task, I had the confidence to do this on my own in the future.
 
2.
Change, I realized that change is usually a path for new success.
 
3.
Bending conduit, I took my work home and practiced.
 
4.
Theoretically learnt something practically can not be apply. Learn by experience.
 
5.
Thus understanding the laws.
 
6.
Some difficult on maintaining sealed apparatus.
 
7.
I was never an apprentice.
 
8.
How to calculate voltage and read the diagram electrical.
 
9.
Balance work load.... Look for priorities.
 
10.
I if there is an any difficulties I have take an additiolnal help from my partner.
 

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#12 of 25

What steps do you take when troubleshooting?

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Trouble shooting Motivation Hardworking Good team player.
 
2.
The different environments and job sites. They always provide new challenges and experiences.
 
3.
Observation, research and resolve fault very interest.
 
4.
The troubleshooting, I have found that every problem is a new adventure that tests my skills to see how quickly I can solve it.
 
5.
You always have to find new ideas.
 
6.
New equipment and how it works.
 
7.
All electrical installation is challenging for me.
 
8.
This field has a lot of differs abilities to become familiar with. You constantly have different things to know and understand. You have to be flexible to be a good electrician.
 
9.
Finding faults in the machinery and sloving abt that fault.
 
10.
Nothing if you work as per norm with safety.
 

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#13 of 25

What are your strengths?

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When you take longer to locate a fault and everybody is loooking or waiting for you.electrical fault can stop or hault production,the pressure is not good.
 
2.
Nothing special. Every difficulties and dislikes brings me good experience.
 
3.
Still some companies using old technology . Is that is not safe and not good quality.
 
4.
Oppurtunities for less exerienced is less.
 
5.
You will always get new challenges and you have to overcome them.
 
6.
I don't dislike anything about being an electrician this is what I like to do.
 
7.
Because of advancing technology l come across of very complicated machine which makes feel dislike being electrician.
 
8.
I have 13 years experience.
 
9.
The construction vs economy and work fluctuations. Hard on family and job outlooks.
 
10.
Carrying the tool kit and all.
 

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#14 of 25

How do you maintain positive relationships with building engineers and architects when working on a project?

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I like to be the best I can possibly be. Working hard and smart is something I do well.
 
2.
Defend on situation maximum efficient work.
 
3.
I am always thinking only in my job finishing or end with project.
 
4.
Minimum period of time maximum outcome with safety on standerd.
 
5.
I do not like to be interupted when working.
 
6.
Yes, I can make it good cooprative with my colegues and boss.
 
7.
When I am given an assignment, I try and determine the easiest way to install the circuit, once I have determined that, I will work hard but smart to get it done.
 
8.
I am an easy person to work with.
 
9.
Very hard worker. I would work as much as the company requires.
 
10.
Very hard working I do what is the very best in my job.
 

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#15 of 25

Tell me about your customer service skills.

User Submitted Interview Answers

1.
Fire alarm at pch.
 
2.
Not yet met such difficult in field.
 
3.
Thus was installation of dtanding panel boards.
 
4.
Installing bell annuncetor.
 
5.
The most difficult job I was asked to do was to install two new vault doors in our plant. It was difficult because the primary trade was not electrical.
 
6.
CAPSTONE II project because it required me to troubleshoot microcontrollers by feeding it programs and wiring and rewiring the whole projects.
 
7.
Rectification and changes made and finishing timeline... However we were able to finish it.
 
8.
I was quite young when I started my apprenticeship, I delivered pizza, worked at a marina and in a lumber yard. However my hardest job through my childhood was for sure working for my grandpa, he was a perfectionist and worked longer days than I knew possible at the time.
 
9.
Working in high voltage substation.
 
10.
Working in a very cold environment.
 

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#16 of 25

If you were rewiring one outlet in an older home, where all the other outlets had no ground, would you find a way to install a ground into the new outlet or just let it go?

User Submitted Interview Answers

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It would depend on the equipment being installed. Code allows the installation of a GFI receptacle or a 2 wire receptacle to be installed as a replacement.
 
2.
I would run a new line to the outlet and suggest to the home owner that they should consider rewiring the house as ungrounded receptical are very dangerous.
 
3.
Install it into the ground.
 
4.
I would defenaty install a ground in a new outlet. Safety is my number one priority.
 
5.
Inspect first and find away.
 
6.
I find a way for that ground and I ill install the ground.
 
7.
I would run a new wire to a grounding location.
 
8.
I will full of my experience.
 
9.
Yes I'm okay, I can learn a lot from doing that.
 
10.
Install a gfci outlet at first outlet. Open all outlet to confirm and run a wire from outlet to outlet to complete 2 ways.
 

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#17 of 25

Have you trained others on your team before?

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Yes a person need an extra hand and sometime learn from others.
 
2.
Yes you learn from others and a person need an extra hand sometimes.
 
3.
I have experience work with multi nationalities, Only important for me responsibility other than work group.
 
4.
I enjoy working in groups much more than working alone, I am a people person.
 
5.
Absolutely, working with someone else allows your minds to collaborate and work as a team to find the best way to complete a job.
 
6.
Yes I am a great team player. Working with others means more knowledge.
 
7.
Yes. I like having a second person and believe there is a safety factor with 2 competent persons. We have to work with other trades safely and effectively in order to be productive.
 
8.
Yes I am okay working with other people.
 
9.
Yes. It dosent matter for me.
 
10.
Absolutely. Great team work means light work for all.
 

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#18 of 25

Have you ever torn apart a computer or device to see how it works?

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1.
I believe I am a hardworker dependable a fast learner and I want a challenging career that will eventually lead to me expanding in your company.
 
2.
Yes I have, it was a sound amplifier at home,I found it complecated at first yet it was so fascinating when I managed to see what was taking place inside there.
 
3.
Yes I have good experience in computer hardware engineering also I have followed complete course for it.
 
4.
Any computer programmer is there I believe.
 
5.
So many workers are there then I have no problem.
 
6.
I can worke hard as much as possible.
 
7.
More electrical devices such as fuses, tools, switches, car parts, troubleshooting components.
 
8.
Yes. I tried to did that its interesting for me but I never found someone to teach me how to do it.
 
9.
Yes Iam a diploma holder in computer science.
 
10.
Yes, when I was a kid I would always do this.
 

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#19 of 25

Have you ever messed up a three way switch, didn't test it, and realized after the drywall was finished?

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No I was taught early on to ring out all circuits that will become inaccessible. You must always check your work.
 
2.
No, but I have ran into difficulty with an old wiring of a three way switch. I still have yet to discover the problem. At some point three way switches were made differently, and I have yet to figure out an answer for how to use the existing wire for a new three way switch.
 
3.
Yes. I wired my dads house and the first room I started in had two ceiling fans and 2 lights. I crossed the 2 3 wires but changed back when terminating.
 
4.
No I have messed two way switch on after a dry wall.
 
5.
Yes. I did it many times. But at last I learned from my mistakes.
 
6.
I never work in three phase because I m fresh candidate I do work in single phase in 6 month.
 
7.
I haven't had too much experience with a three way switch.
 
8.
No never before I test and do final fix.
 
9.
I have never had that happen to me.
 
10.
No - always test before you finish up the job.
 

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#20 of 25

What is the largest electrical project you have completed?

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I managed a 12 million dollar mall. We installed the electrical for the site, all shells and a dozen build outs for a ground up mall. At one time we had 95 employees on site and completed the task under budget and within the schedule given. This included approximately 40 change orders generated by the owner and architect of record.
 
2.
Upgrading of the minning plant and rewiring of the motor control centre on a marine mining vessel.
 
3.
I have experience of stabilize new sub stations for ABB in Qatar.
 
4.
Substation puting 400kva transformer and installing.
 
5.
I designed and install a PLC controlled system to automatically adjust the power to a three phase electric arc smelter.
 
6.
It was a a thermoforming simulator, the thermoforming is a procces which the plastics are heated then when it can blen you give then form, so I usa PLC the machine.
 
7.
Wiring three phase motors.
 
8.
No I have maintenance a house technician.
 
9.
CAPSTONE II, where my team built a voice recognizing robot for a final project.
 
10.
630kva uss and installation of 320 kva dg set.
 

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#21 of 25

Tell me about a time when you made a mistake.

User Submitted Interview Answers

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I made a few mistakes before where I tighten a roman connector too tight and it actually pinched the wires. That is something you need to experience first hand and you will always remember from there on out to never tighten any type of connectors too tight as they may pinch the wires.
 
2.
The terminals on devices, for example load in load out.
 
3.
I used to not like working with difficult people, now I like the challenge to help pull them out of their frustration. I found that people that are difficult are that way temporarily due to something in their past. I have not seen anyone that did not eventually change their ways.
 
4.
Every mistakes that I met not met second time. Gained those to experience.
 
5.
Not reading the circuit correctly.
 
6.
Being slowly when I was writing ttb test. Now I was learn a lot.
 
7.
Rushing is the number one mintage. The key is take your time and do you job properly the first time.
 
8.
Always wear protected suit.
 
9.
Poor earthing in one of step up tranformer.
 
10.
Safety. Injury reports, tool box talks, personel mistakes such a wire pulls, rigging, troubleshooting approaches to certain problems. Installation of equipment.
 

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#22 of 25

Have you ever fished wire?

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1.
no
 
2.
Yes I have several time trashing the control wires.
 
3.
Many times through many different conduits, walls, wireway and you name it.
 
4.
Yes. Lots in residential and commercial. In panels, conduit, houses, walls, crawl spaces, attics.
 
5.
I have fished wire a couple times when I was going to College.
 
6.
Yes I have it can be hard at times.
 
7.
I have fished wire only once and that was at Erie institute of technology.
 
8.
This is a very common task in our field.
 

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#23 of 25

What type of work environment do you find most challenging?

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Yes, I worked for a few years with a company that wired commercial spaces before.
 
2.
Yes I am primarily a commercial industrial electrician.
 
3.
I have spent my entire career in heavy industry.
 
4.
Yes resterants malls strip clubs some wallmarts stores.
 
5.
I have not worked on commercial buildings before, but I would like to add such experience to my resume someday.
 
6.
I have learned somethings about commercial in school but no I have never worked in a commercial building before.
 
7.
Yes, including running the conduit.
 
8.
When the supervisors aren't clear on what is going on. Redoing work because of changes.
 

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#24 of 25

Tell me about your experience as an electrician.

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7 years.
 
2.
I presently have 28 years and counting. This profession offers change and challenges every day.
 
3.
8yeara experience india.
 
4.
9 Years in various enviroments.
 
5.
I have 5 + years of experience.
 
6.
15 years in industrial machines.
 
7.
Over 10 years with a mexican company but with job corps and collage and side jobs id say 5 years.
 
8.
Unfortunately, I only have one year of experience because of my schooling.
 
9.
Seven years of experience.
 
10.
I cant say for sure but I have a couple years in maybe two because of school.
 

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#25 of 25

Have you ever completed a project that did not meet state or building regulations?

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If you ever installed something that required a permit but did not submit for a permit you have just broken a code requirement.
 
2.
I have worked my entire career in a heavy industrial plant where violating codes can get somebody killed. Almost all of the projects I have designed or worked on exceeded the code requirements. The code is a minimum design and intentionally violating it probably means you are not a qualified electrician.
 
3.
Nothing, draw the plan first before ido my work.
 
4.
Generator installation, by not reading installation manual.
 
5.
Inspections have to be completed. Proper installation is a must. Sizing wire and branch circuits is critical. Labeling is very helpful for all involved.
 
6.
No. Must always follow code in Electrical practice, otherwise you will be doing a unsafe job.
 
7.
No I have not I dont belive in not following the code the national electrical code is updated every three years for my safty and others and in not following it.
 
8.
I have always tried to stay within code.
 
9.
No I always do everything to code.
 
10.
Star pointing an earth with a neutral inside a d. B board it is not allowed to done by it must be done by Eskom or municipality only at their side.
 
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