I got a call that the breaker a computer was pluged into kept tripping. When I moved the desk to take a look at the outlet I found this home made power bar.
Also found this cool switch in a garage hooked up to a bench grinder. One switch ran the motor the other ran a light. the two switches are mounted to the single gang box using the famous plumbers straping. The ground conductor was used as a hot and the hot and neutral as switch legs.
How can someone put so much effort into something like that, Rube Goldberg would have been so proud!!! It looks like these were used receptacles that were either from a split kitchen circuit or several individual switched outlets. Did you find this in a business or a residence???
Of course theres a ground! Theres a chassis, right? People don't realize just exactly how much power computer equipment can draw. Its crazy that someone would even try stuff like this, espescially when you can get commercially made powerstrips for so little money. There is a hardware store near me that sells really nice ones for $5.00 and not as nice but better than this contraption ones for $1.25.
The screws are certainly not Meccano. These were usually brass slotted screws, I think they were 5/32 or maybe 3/16. The set I had had hexagonal brass screws. The original Meccano strips were green while the plates were usually red.
Then I had TEMSI which was a German variant of the English Meccano, which fitted with the Meccano parts OK, although the finish wasn't as good especially on the shafts which were perhaps a few thou thicker and some gearwheels didn't fit on them. The colours of the latter were different too.
The 8 way power botch has no ground at all, the lead feeding it is only 2 core.
[This message has been edited by RODALCO (edited 09-06-2006).]
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