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#114234 - 02/07/03 12:05 PM Extension Power Strips  
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#114235 - 02/07/03 02:28 PM Re: Extension Power Strips  
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That looks like awfully thin power cable. What is 16AWG x 3? Geez....why go through all that trouble and waste of money?

#114236 - 02/08/03 07:43 AM Re: Extension Power Strips  
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Yeah, probably 16 AWG.
Looks like the "Pro version" of the 3-outlet-to-6-outlet-16AWG-SPT2-extension cord conversion I've seen. They just left out the box but twisted and taped the wires. One seen in a friend's kitchen and one at a high school. Just took 2 of the $1 16AWG zip cord things with 3 outlets andf modified as mentioned above.
Maybe it's imported stuff which uses 3x1.5 mm2 cable with rather skinny insulation [Linked Image]
Would be the typical cord for such power strips here in Europe, rated 230V, 16A. (Ratings of stranded are one fuse/breaker size higher than solid, i.e. 1.5 solid = 10A, 1.5 stranded = 16A)

#114237 - 02/10/03 04:57 PM Re: Extension Power Strips  
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Oxnard, CA, USA
Those C.A. power strips come with a 3 foot 14/3 cord. Whoever built this destroyed the UL listing by opening up the strips. If they show up around here, it's another "remove subSTD, hazardous" writeup under 110-3. {Seems like most of the photos posted come under 110-3, don't they?).

#114238 - 02/11/03 08:39 AM Re: Extension Power Strips  
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Bucks County PA
Probably assembled by a "handy maintenance man" who was proud as a peacock of his own ingenuity.

#114239 - 02/11/03 12:39 PM Re: Extension Power Strips  
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The only "repair work" I've ever done on power strips is to replace the male plug when the original molded-on pins break off and bend. I use the metal-encased armored type NEMA 5-15 caps.

Once I replaced the switch on one strip at home. It was an old Archer/Radio Shack power strip in a metal case, designed to be repairable.

However, if the cord gets cut, worn or frayed, the entire device goes in the trash. The new piece of cord and strain relief probably cost more than the entire thing would.

We have some "CA" brand strips at work. They came with 6 feet of #14 AWG x 3/type SJT cord.

#114240 - 02/11/03 12:48 PM Re: Extension Power Strips  
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Milwaukee, WI
That there is amateur stuff.

Wasted space!

Shouldda put 2 duplex receptacles instead of a blank face plate on the J-box!

Then there would be 20 outlets instead of only 16.

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#114241 - 02/11/03 07:49 PM Re: Extension Power Strips  
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Reno,Nv., USA
On the positive side:
-The power strips are not "daisy chained,"
-Power strips, unlike simple receptacles installed in 4S boxes, have overload protection;
-This guy made some attampt at providing strain relief.

Finally, this guy was almost certainly trying to solve a problem created by building, and appliance, designers who did the minimum possible.

#114242 - 02/12/03 01:51 AM Re: Extension Power Strips  
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Milwaukee, WI
Is that a hospital grade plug?

#114243 - 02/12/03 10:53 AM Re: Extension Power Strips  
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Wharton, Texas, USA
Th first thing that went through my mind when I saw this was the thread Joe ran a short time ago, talking about 1900 boxes, handy boxes, etc. being used in extension cords.

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