Wall Outlets and Outlet Strips
March 16, 2017 by: Dave Rongey
Are Outlet Plug Strips Safe to Use? How to Use Surge Protection Outlet Plug Strips.
Selecting a Safe Outlet Strip
Electrical Question: Are outlet plug strips safe to use?
In my office I have four wall outlets. This office is on one 20Amp circuit breaker. If every thing in my office is on and being used I’m over the 20 Amps. But not all things are being used at the same time. Can I use outlet strips? If so what type should I use?
This electrical wiring question came from: Kim, from North Canton, Ohio.
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Kim.
How to Use Surge Protection Outlet Strips
- I recommend a good quality UL approved outlet strip that has a built in circuit breaker, typically a round button type that can be reset.
- Because this circuit is shared with other office equipment I would urge you to consider a plug strip that provides protection against voltage surges.
More about Plug Strips and Surge Protection
Surge Protection at the Point of Use
Point of use products provide a second line of defense. Homeowners can reinforce the protection provided by a point-of-entry protection device by installing surge protectors (strips) and low-voltage surge suppressors.
Surge protectors plug into grounded wall receptacles where sensitive electronic equipment is located. These devices defend electronic components against surges from outside, and internally generated transient events (surges) that travel through AC power lines. Low-voltage surge suppressors defend electronic components against surges from outside, and internally generated transient events (surges) that travel through phone, data, and coaxial lines. These plug-in protectors generally have much lower limiting voltages than entry protectors, and provide better protection for electronic equipment.
- Home Office Wiring Electrical
- Home electrical wiring diagram for the home office.
- Learn about the electrical codes required when wiring your home office with your new or remodel project.
You identified your project to be about Outlet Wiring, so you might find this information useful:
Wiring Electrical Outlets
Home electrical wiring includes 110 volt outlets and 220 volt outlets and receptacles which are common place in every home. See how wiring electrical outlets for the home are done.
Consult your Local Building Department about Permits and Inspections for all Electric Wiring Projects.
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The Quickest Way to Check for Faulty Electrical Wiring!The Plug-In Outlet Tester
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Strip Off Wire Insulation without Nicking and Damaging the Electric Wire!The Wire Stripper and Wire Cutter
My absolute favorite wire stripping tool that I have had in my personal electrical tool pouch for years, and this is the tool I use to safely strip electrical wires.
This handy tool has multiple uses:
The wire gauges are shown on the side of the tool so you know which slot to use for stripping insulation.
The end of the tool can be used to grip and bend wire which is handy for attaching wire onto the screw terminals of switches and outlets..
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