NEC has a limit (8 ??) specified for the number of receptacles you can
connect to a single power panel breaker.
The "house wiring" is protected by the breaker/fuse in the power panel.
Power strips have breakers built into them (cheap - probably crappy) that
provide protection fom it drawing more current than it is rated for
It is probably not right (code) to connect one power strip into another -
BUT all the protection is still there.
AND if YOU don't want to violate code (a good idea) then wire more outlets
right next to the one you are plugging your "first" power strip into and
plug each of your power strips directly into them (up to the 8(?) receptacle
limit for the CIRCUIT).
73, de Jim KG0KP
----- Original Message -----
From: "Joe Subich, W4TV" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: <email@example.com>; "'Tower and HF antenna construction topics.'"
Sent: Monday, March 15, 2010 10:01 AM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Shack wiring
> 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
>> [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Pete Smith
>> Sent: Monday, March 15, 2010 8:56 AM
>> To: TowerTalk@contesting.com
>> 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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