Yes! Thats how it should be done You Said it with perfect ClarityMikieO wrote:I haven't bothered to read the entire thread but the gist of what Px said is correct. I have however, done what the original poster asked about and
have found it to be a very valuable feature in my house.
While we were in the framing stages (back in 09) of my place in region V I told my Chilean electrician to get an upgraded drop from the pole (25amps instead
of the usual 16Amps) it had to be done twice and we paid more but there yah go, it's Chile. I brought a 4kw step up/step down transformer in my hand
luggage (44lbs) and had the electrician size a dedicated outlet in the garage to service it. I also brought (from Home Depot) a couple of boxes of
outlets, nail on boxes, a 6X6 junction box, twist connectors and one 20amp heavy duty switch.
I had him run the 220v through the US switch to the transformer outlet below. From there, I used 12Ga locally sourced romex (sort of...it has no ground)
that I ran myself, (I am a GC)
Long story short, I have a US outlet in every room in the house and several in the garage. Trying to find certain things in Chile takes so long that it just isn't
worth it. I was able to do a better job, faster, using US voltage tools than had I just tried to muddle through in the Chilean way.
I brought a silent Panasonic duct fan and put it in the attic with some ductwork for redistribution of the Bosca's heat, taken from the peak in
the living room to the bedrooms etc in the other end of the house. Works beautifully. Chilean equivalent? sounds like a jet engine.
IMO one can simply produce a higher standard home with this option, it certainly worked for me and that's what I do for a living.
BTW, the TSA gal who looked askance at the transformer.... priceless. The Chilean customs guy? Another one....
I know I could have gotten one in Chile but in the US, a click of a mouse and it was delivered. I regard time spent on site
as the equivalent of diver's "bottom time", use it to max effect.