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Oct 27, 2010 2:26am
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Hi everyone,

I’m definetely a SEG noob, but have my little SEGBot sitting waiting at home, ready to be plugged in to my fuse box.

However, I don’t know what to do to make that happen! So I have a few questions…

1) I obviously need to contact an electrician…which type? Is there a special type of electrian I should look to contact?

2) What would I tell them over the phone? “Hi, my name is Steve andI want to install my SEGBot please” is probably not going to cut it. Am I saying that the job involved attaching a home-made monitoring device to my fuse box? What are the technical words and language that i’ll need to raise here?

3) How much will/should that cost? How will I know if I’m being ripped off or not?

4) How long will the job take? Is it a long one? Short?


That’s all I can think of at the moment – help! :)





Oct 29, 2010 11:59pm
37 posts

I literally just went through this process – it went as follows

  • yellow pages – searched “electrician” in my suburb
  • rang #1, too busy
  • rang #2, described the job as “i need a powerpoint installed in my meter/fuse fox, and also need 6 non-invasive current sensors installed on each of the circuits”. the electrician asked me what they were, and I said “they are current sensors – one clips over the cable, the other five are small rings that need to slide over the cable”
  • the electrician arrived about 20 minutes later to take a look
  • i showed him the SEGmeter, and sensors, he took a look at the fuse box, and said “yeah no probs”
  • quote came in at less than $100
  • he is coming back next week to do the job
hope that helps!

Oct 30, 2010 2:57am
46 posts

Be interested to know if they supply a Certificate of electrical safety included in that quote. It’d be great if you can get the install done for ~$100, that’s a bargin!

Bit of info about the CES I was looking up:



Nov 2, 2010 2:58am
37 posts

install is done, and my segmeter is working. i wasnt supplied with a CES, but the sparky said that i may get a defect notice when they go to install a smart meter down the track – he wasnt sure but thought that only 240v rated wiring was allowed in behind the circuit breaker panels where the seg sensors are installed.

install cost came in well under $100. 

Nov 2, 2010 3:21am
4 posts

Hi Kayne,

Thanks so much for your response! Perfect! I’m going to call an electrician within the next coupld of days and get it all sorted thanks to your advice :)

I don’t suppose you live in Sydney and could recommend the electrician you used? Perhaps even if you’re not in Sydney, it would be useful for others on this forum to know the contact details of ‘your guy’ so we can all use him.

Cheers again!


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