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John Rutirasiri

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Plastic power strips in wall cabinet
« on: June 18, 2015, 07:13:31 pm »

I was replacing an amp in a wall cabinet and found a $5 plastic power strip tucked away in a corner.  I thought this was a no-no -- "temporary power tap" meant these things should not be used in an enclosed rack?  The previous installer secured the power strip to the cabinet by drilling holes and putting bolts right through it. 

Other questionable things I found were plugging THREE power amps into a 15A power strip (different strip), 70V transformers sitting on the bottom of the cabinet unsecured, reusing 15 year old equipment, etc.

I showed the customer the plastic power strip with the bolts going through it.

I'm thinking if I don't get rid of that plastic power strip and it later melts, the first thing the lawyers will ask is "you knew it's not code, why didn't you replace it?" 

What's your take?

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John R.
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Re: Plastic power strips in wall cabinet
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2015, 07:18:17 pm »

I was replacing an amp in a wall cabinet and found a $5 plastic power strip tucked away in a corner.  I thought this was a no-no -- "temporary power tap" meant these things should not be used in an enclosed rack?  The previous installer secured the power strip to the cabinet by drilling holes and putting bolts right through it. 

Other questionable things I found were plugging THREE power amps into a 15A power strip (different strip), 70V transformers sitting on the bottom of the cabinet unsecured, reusing 15 year old equipment, etc.

I showed the customer the plastic power strip with the bolts going through it.

I'm thinking if I don't get rid of that plastic power strip and it later melts, the first thing the lawyers will ask is "you knew it's not code, why didn't you replace it?" 

What's your take?

Thanks,
John R.

Replace it. The damn thing likely has a blown MOV in it anyway. Be sure the replacement has no surge suppressor.



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Re: Plastic power strips in wall cabinet
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2015, 07:18:17 pm »


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