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Posted by Paul in Md on January 18th, 2003 02:20 PM
In reply to electrical wiring/how to make a powerbar by andrea on January 17th, 2003 11:07 AM [Go to top of thread]

andrea, your project is really not that hard.After you have decided how many outlets you want and how many switches you want the hard part is building the cabinet.You can purchases almost everything you need at an electrical supply store. Oulet boxes come in a variety of styles but I would suggest useing metal boxes which can be " ganged together". in these you can mount the outlets in series, controled by one switch or each with it's own switch. If you switch each independantly you may have to link all the outlets an switches on a common "busbar" like is in the circuit breaker in your house.I makes the wiring much neater and easier to follow.Follow the same instructions for wiring as you would in your house to wire an switch with power running throughit '( black wire in black wire out, no white connection) to control a device( in this case the outlet) wired black wire on the black side and white wire on the white side. as for the power connect to the house current you can use 14 guage "2 wire with ground" or " 14-2 as it is commonly called that is made for underground installation without conduit or mabey better yet a piece of heavy duty extention cord and install a heavy duty 3 prong plug. Build a box for it all with plywood and you should be in business. If you want to get fancy you can use switches or outlets that have lights built into them so you know if its on or off, also a GFI outlet at the start of the rest of the series is recommended for saftey, in case the unit gets wet. Gfi stands for ground fault interuptor and it has its own breaker built into it that trips if the system grounds to anything but back to the main breaker pannel in the building. Good luck

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