Basic electrical questions
February 14, 2010 12:42 PM Subscribe
Just some random, basic questions about electric and avoiding circuit overload...
posted by pilibeen to home & garden (8 answers total)
I recently moved into an older apartment, and I'm a little concerned about my electric usage in this place which hasn't been lived in well over a decade.
For one, all the outlets are 2 prong - so I'm using the 2 prong to 3 prong adapters along with power strips & surge protectors to allow me to run everything I need. My other concern, none of the breaker switches seem to trip the electric where all my stuff is. The kitchen and bathroom both seem to be on the breaker, but the one room where most of my stuff is hooked up is not even affected when I hit the master switch.
So my questions are:
1. Is there any danger in using my 2 prong adapter/power strip combo for most appliances? Should I spread my things around as many outlets as possible, or does that not make a difference?
2. How many watts can a typical outlet support? If I have the typical setup with one outlet on top of another, is it better to divide my usage between the two, or can I plug everything into a single power strip?
3. I'm already low on outlets but there are a ton of light sockets mounted all around the walls - can I use one of those socket to outlet adapters for another power strip? Are these as safe as standard outlets?
I'm worried about overloading the circuit, and since there's no ground I'm not sure what would happen if I did. I saw 2 prong safety extension cords at Wal-Mart, with some kind of circuit interrupter built-in. Would something like that be worthwhile?
Not entirely sure what my usage is for this room (do you think about usage per room, or per outlet?) - right now I have my xbox 360, TV, stereo receiver/speakers, 4 lights, a small fan, Desktop PC and laptop all hooked up. Things are never all running at once, but what if they were?
Sorry for the scattered questions...