I hired wiring contractor to install 2 KDK ceiling fan at 2 bedrooms at my rental property. The bedrooms don’t have any hook or wiring available.
So the contractor had to install first ceiling fan hook and extend the wiring from the lamp switch.
Current Bedroom Wiring – No Hook Only Lamp
The installation took around 1 hour from installing new wiring, hook and installing the ceiling fan.
Ceiling Fan Testing
Test the ceiling fan speed is working by changing from 0 to 5.
Test if off the lamp, the ceiling fan is still working.
Test if ceiling fan is off, you are still able to on the lamp.
Test if all switch is off, everything is off.
You need to do the testing because last time, other contractor made bad wiring where if I off the lamp, I couldn’t switch on the fan.
Total cost of reposition lamp, adding new ceiling fan hook, new wiring, changing of switch from 1 gang to 2 gang with fan installation is RM115*.
The cost is really reasonable because I got quoted around RM200 before.
*The cost doesn’t include the KDK ceiling fan.
Recommended Wiring Contractor
I’m using Aztech as their work is really neat and friendly too. Last time, the contractor was Pakistani and very rude. I’m not being racist here but just sharing my experience. It doesn’t mean all Pakistani are rude.
My master bedroom Panasonic aircond of 7 years broke down. I tried to repair it several times but it kept giving me problems. So I decided to buy new one.
Choices of Aircond
I have 2 aircond to consider as replacement:
1) Panasonic Premium Aero Series Inverter 1.5HP R32 gas (Model: CS-U13VKH)
2) Daikin Smarto Inverter 1.5HP R32 gas (Model: FTKH35A)
For the aircond, my major considerations are:
I have 2 Panasonic airconds based on my experience it is reliable doesnt give much problem. Only thing I expect that my Panasonic could last at least 10 years unfortunately only for 7 years.
At same time, I have 2 Daikin airconds so far I cant tell much of it, because I installed it at my rental properties.
So far no complaints from my tenants so it must be reliable.
I asked few servicemen most of them recommend Daikin because easy to service and find spare parts. Panasonic also easy but not as easy as Daikin.
2) Energy saving
Both Daikin Smarto & Panasonic Premium Aero Series are 5 Stars Energy Saving
3) Smart Features
Both Panasonic Premium Inverter & Daikin Smarto can be controlled via your smartphone and can control it anywhere as it is connected via Wifi. You need first to install its mobile apps.
Daikin Smarto & Panasonic Premium Inverter, you have to purchase its accessories to enable the mobile apps use. You need to buy one adaptor for one aircond. So if you have 5 airconds, you need to buy 5 adaptors.
At this third quarter of the 2019 schooling, we received letter from school requesting confirmation for our son next year enrollment.
They need confirmation so they can plan out next year opening seats for new registration. They offered us a complimentary custom-made poncho for swimming classes and apron for art and culinary classes for confirmation before end October 2019.
I share with you all Real Kids 2020 fees for your market survey or reference if you are looking for the rates.
For 2019, as usual my maid permit needs to be renewed before her work permit expiry by middle of September 2019.
I proceed with MyEG Services and chose to self collect at MyEG office. Not like 2018, this time they have change office to its own MyEG Tower at Empire City. That new building is on the opposite road of Ikea, Cycle and Carriage, Mutiara Damansara or easiest same row with MOFAZ Damansara.
Depending on which side of the road your driving from, I was from Penchala Link and waze direct me to other side of entrance. Easier for you to get waze direction since that driveway still messy with MRT under construction.
Back to my point, after MyEG staff settled putting the work permit sticker on passport, I was informed that ‘government’ no longer issue ikad to maid.
But to get clearer picture on why? I also dont know. There is nothing stated as well on immigration websites . I am still digging but no online results found … sigh..
I do a lot of new wiring for my properties. Usually I just hire electrician or civil contractors to do wiring without much thought whether the wires they used are suitable or not in term of ampacity (the maximum current the conductor can carry continously).
Until one day, one electrician told me the wires that I used for my fan and lamps are too thin to carry the current. It could pose fire risks. This is eyes opener.
Few days after I got the advise, one of new wiring was overloaded. The wires inside were burnt.
So I did my own studies as a guidelines to me, so when I hire an electrician I would know whether the wires and the way they connect to the electric power is able to support or no the possible current usage.
Guidelines on Wires Size
This is a guidelines only better check with your trusted or certified electrician.
If the same wire use for fan, lamps, fridge etc, you must add all the amperes and from the derive the required wire cross sectional area.
Of course usually, electrician will put extra buffer for the wire size.
Expected Power (Watts)
Expected Current (Ampere)
Expected Wire Size - Cross sectional area (mm2)
Advisable Connection Type
Direct / Plug
Aircond (1 HP)
Direct / Plug
Direct / Plug
Ampacity based on single phase
This is my own definition not electrician definition. There are two types of connection:-
Use plug to existing plug point
Tap direct into existing wires in plug point.
The maximum current is 13 ampere as the fuse can only handle up to that ampere.
Direct Loop to Existing Plug Point
This is better at maximum if not mistaken it is loop directly to existing cable of 2.5mm2 or supported maximum current of around 22 ampere.
What to Avoid For Wiring
For water heater, don’t use plug better use direct loop to existing wires. Especially water heater produces vapor that might cause short circuit and easily makes the wiring wear and tear faster.
What is Watt, Ampere & Volts?
Watt is power unit with formula as below:
Watt (W)= Amperage (A) x Voltage (V)
Analogy with water garden hose:-
Water come out from garden hose (watts) = Water volume (Amperage) x Water pressure (voltage)
Recommendation on Wire Size
Ligthing & Ceiling Fan: 1.5mm2
Aircond 1.5HP and below: 2.5mm2
Adding new plug / power point: 2.5mm2
Recommended Wiring Contractor
Below is my recommended wiring contractor for Shah Alam or Kota Damansara area.
Haahaa.. This year, 2019 is my Indonesian helper 10th years in service. Not like last year (2018) this time, it was way easier to do permit renewal because I didn’t need to send her for FOMEMA check-up. steps for maid permit renewal
Since she just got back from her hometown for two months break, her work permit validity only left about one month.
To make things easy for us before she went back for her hometown, I cleared all the processes. Below is how to renew maid permit for 2019:-
Prepare employment contract with Indonesian Embassy.
Renew her passport. (Because to renew her work permit with immigration, her passport validity must no less than 3 months of expiry from her 1 year renewal term of work permit).