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Re: [TowerTalk] Shack wiring

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Shack wiring
From: "Joe Subich, W4TV" <>
Reply-to: "Tower and HF antenna construction topics." <>
Date: Mon, 15 Mar 2010 11:01:19 -0400
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Although it will "work," daisy chaining outlet strips (or 
extension cords) - including connecting extension cords to 
an outlet strip - is against code (NEC).  The warning on 
your new strip is probably in response to code issues from 
users doing exactly as you are doing.

There is probably no issue as long as you carefully monitor 
the total load and not try to draw the full capacity of any 
one strip from a single outlet on the main strip but nobody 
can advise that is "safe" operation. 


   ... Joe, W4TV 

> -----Original Message-----
> From: 
> [] On Behalf Of Pete Smith
> Sent: Monday, March 15, 2010 8:56 AM
> To:
> Subject: [TowerTalk] Shack wiring
> This may be stretching the topic limits a little, but since I've seen 
> lots about shack wiring here I hope it's acceptable:
> I have my shack wired through a series of plug strips, such 
> that I can 
> switch off the whole radio side at once without affecting 
> computers or 
> lighting.  In effect, all of the outlets are in parallel, but 
> strip A is 
> plugged into the wall, Strip B into Strip A, and Strip C into 
> Strip B.  
> I recently bought another surge suppressor strip and was surprised to 
> see a safety warning about NOT connecting strips this way.  
> So long as 
> each of the strips has an identical current rating, or at 
> least so long 
> as those closer to the wall outlet are rated higher than 
> those further 
> along, is there any real reason not to do what I have done?
> -- 
> 73, Pete N4ZR
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