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Ok after reading everything I could find in the APD archives I am going to
breakdown and purchase the Dupla 50w UG heating cables for a 30g plant tank
(this coming from a guy who just wired his own sub panel and basement).
Something about being wet and getting zapped bothers me.
I called Radio Shack looking for a 24w transformer. According to the guy
at the 800 number (you don't want to call this 800 #), Radio Shack doesn't
sell the 24v transformer everyone's been talking about in the archives
anymore. The Radio Shack guy on the phone was kind of brain-dead maybe he
was wrong? Anybody bought one from them lately or know where I can get one
in the Wash DC area ? As I understand (and this is from pictures) the
Dupla cables have "banana" connectors that plug into the transformer. Is
their anything more I need to do/get to just hook them up ? Anybody know
the size of the banana connectors or do most 24v transforms have the same
size banana connector or is this pretty generic? Should I still install a
GFI circuit for the transformer. I did see a 12v/3a switching transformer
in their catalog and considered wrapping all 63' of Conner Teflon coated
30AWG (at .75/ft gimee a break !), but the price was almost the same.
Do the Dupla cables come with cable anchors from Daleco? Any suggestions on
You know I just don't get it. Why haven't the domestic vendors decided to
build and market the Dupla equivalent. Even at 2/3 the price they would
make a killing ! Maybe JP Burleson will do it. With the right stuff you
could make these in your garage. I guess it's the UL listing etc that cost
so much and the market is small.
brennans at ix_netcom.com