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Old 01-20-2004, 11:53 PM   #11
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Have you used a GFCI outlet? I would really recommend this that way if any stray current leaks the GFCI will trip and save your life. They are required by electrical code on any outlets within like 10 feet of water..ie bathroom, kitchen even washrooms.

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Old 01-21-2004, 11:49 AM   #12
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i do not no what this GFCI outlet is? could i get one at home depot and replace the one i just put in? i got the reg outlet 2prong. walt

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Old 01-21-2004, 12:41 PM   #13
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One more point here:

Please recall that in electronics and load leveling there is something called the 80% rule. Any cricuit or device should never be used where is functioning ar greater that 80% of its rated value.

For you this means that 15 AMP circuit (1500 Watts) (P=VI or 1500W = 15 amps x 100 volts) should not have a draw of more than 1200Watts (80% of 1500Watts) same goes for all the ratings of the devices to support things.

Just an FYI - otherwise I think everyone is like all over this post

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Old 01-21-2004, 03:51 PM   #14
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GFCI - Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter. Available at any hardware store. Absolutely available in HD. It does have the ground prong and if possible, it is recommended that you use the ground connection. Let me know if you have any more questions. 8)
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Old 01-21-2004, 09:01 PM   #15
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If you can - use GFCI ( Ground Fault Circuit Interruption ) replacements on the breakers or the receptacles, you only need one in a circuit. These help tremendously with electrical shock hazards in wet areas, they are required by code in most parts of USA for outside, garage and bathroom use. The breakers can be pricy but the receptacles aren't that bad. Particularly when they help keep you from being zinged. The receptacles can be wired such that every outlet downstream from the replacement is protected or only the ones for tank. They come in both 15a and 20 a sizes. If you are not using a ground current rod in your tank you should be as they capture any stray currents and shunt them to the ground. You can find most any LFS or online. get a titanium one not a zinc one.

PS: regarding your generator make sure you have it connected to a grounding rod properly driven into the ground and tested before you use it to power anything in your home. Do not use a hammer to drive it in. This just might save you a bunch of money. Portable generators love to eat electronic things for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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Old 01-21-2004, 09:23 PM   #16
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It's really best to have things like computers and other sensitive electronics on a UPS if you're using a generator. Or, if you're on the same power line as me, you need one all the time.
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Old 01-25-2004, 06:45 PM   #17
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Thanks, Yes you are quite correct, but I did not want to go into all of that as I was already lenghtly and I only wanted to discuss aquariums.

They (UPSes) can be very aggraviting while they beep at you when the power is off. I took the beepers out of all of mine.

One should also utilize a UL listed surge protector irregardless of the power source, utility or generator.

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