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Re: Price of substrate heating -- Plugging equipment holes
- To: Aquatic-Plants at actwin_com
- Subject: Re: Price of substrate heating -- Plugging equipment holes
- From: "S. Hieber" <shieber at yahoo_com>
- Date: Sun, 1 Jun 2003 07:26:43 -0700 (PDT)
- In-reply-to: <200306011104.h51B4jX4030603@otter.actwin.com>
Bill Wichers said, in presponse to my quoted comments:
> >I hear you loud and clear about how poor many house
> >receptacles are at delivering power -- and most plugs
> >very bad too, relying on simple crimps, small contact
> >between metals that tend to film over and corrode with
> > Truth is though, most purposes, it doesn't seem to
> >much. Unless you want to a good clean supply of power
> >out unnecessary resistance.
> It becomes an issue with larger electrical loads too. For
> our (aquarium)
> purposes, the only time the receptacle might pose a
> safety problem is in a
> larger setup using a lot of lighting. For example, in a
> large setup with 3
> x 175 watt MH lights, some circulation pumps, and maybe
> 300 watts of
> heating, there could be maybe 10 amps or so of 120v power
> drawn. That's
> enough to cause a loose plug to get warm enough to soften
> the plastics used
> to make most molded cord assemblies. The best solution I
> have found is to
> use 20 amp commercial receptacles (only about $4-5),
> which of course
> assumes a 20 amp circuit, since they tend to grip the
> plug's blades more
> tightly over a longer period of time. Commercial 15 amp
> receptacles will
> also be better than the 50 cent cheapos that you can find
> in many hardware
> stores. It's only a few extra dollars and it really can
> make a big
> difference in the safety of a larger setup.
It's enough to cause a tight pug to get warm. Feel the
plug on your toaster or coffer maker next time it's been
running a couple of minutes!
It's a lot of hassle to replace the plugs on all the cords
and the sockets on all the walls. But it's a good idea,
imo for large electrical use items like my stereo set-up,
aquarium set-ups, and in the kitchen.
And by "Commercial," Bill didn't mean "contractor grade"
which generally are the cheapest available to finish the
job -- an infortunate nomemclater, since good contractors
wouldn't stoop to contractor grade unless it was specified.
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