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Old 11-28-2004, 10:37 PM   #21
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Old 11-28-2004, 10:58 PM   #22
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Actually, my main system generates a lot of heat.. and if I leave my door closed while I am at school [7-8 hours], when I come home, it'* nice and toasty. However, sometimes that doesn't always work [IE while I am home, and my door is open], so I fire up the heater occaisonally.


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30 amps for a standard wall plug is just dangerous. In lots of older homes, they were wired with 14 gauge wire, which is rated at 15 amps.

If its **** and tube, I wouldnt leave ANYTHING running unattended, but thats just me.

If its the "snakeskin" romex, thats a LITTLE better but still outdated. I would really think twice before running lots of stuff at once. My house has that "snakeskin" stuff and I am replacing it as I can. Most of it will require knocking out walls, as attic access is non existant.

Another thought, Square D brand equipment is the best, insist on the "QO" model line.

Modern 90 degree C wire (whether Romex or otherwise) 12 gauge is rated 20 amps. Most older Romex was only 60 degree c, if it was even rated at ALL.

It sounds like you need an electrician. Most of it is NOT DIY like the shows would have you believe. 200 amp service is nice to have, mine is 100 amp and I dont plan on growing bigger than a 200 amp panel.
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another thought Justin, just for examples sake, take the wattage of an appliance, like your 1500 watt heater mentioned, divided by 120 volts, will give you 12.5 amps. You can total all the wattages of everything you run, and divide by the voltage. I am guessing your room is supplied with 15 amp circuits, maybe 2 of them at the max. If they have been fused to 30 amps, then this is probably not a safe idea.

The services of an electrician probably is needed here, before something bad happens.

PS, do you mean the wires are stapled to the STUDS? or directly to the face of the SHEETROCK/PLASTER?
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Old 11-29-2004, 12:56 AM   #25
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do you have fuses or breakers??
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this electircal stuff is actually kinda intresting...
i know my house is all new Romex wiring from the breaker panel...
but my grandparents house built in 1955-1960 has the "snake skin" romex were behind the cloth is that messy black rubbery crap, theres is no **** and Tube, however it isnt hard to blow breakers..they have a indoor hot tub..after 48 hours of that kicking in and out..the breaker blows, the microwave and oven have blown breakers too..haha its always intresting there.
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Well, the way the house was wired, is quite interesting. The upstairs is a combination of two circuits [3 bedrooms]. My room has two, the spare bedroom has one, and the master bedroom has one. There is nothing more than a 300watt drain in the spare room [my mom'* office, with PC], and the master has nothing more than a clock radio and two lamps [never used]. I have an extention cord comming from the second outlet in my room, providing power for the other PC'* and preiphrials [sp?] go to that secondary outlet, and my primary PC, monitor, TV, and Dish reciever all go to that primary outlet.

It'* breakered, btw.

The wire isn't 14 gauge.. I know that much. I don't think it'* quite 10 though.. so it may be 12. I can pull an outlet out to see.. but I can garuntee you, it'* not 14 gauge.

The wires that I have seen [Basement, and one wall that I sheetrocked], the electrical wires that went with a stud, were stapled TO a stud. The staple doesn't go through the wire.. or at least it doesn't look that way.


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um damn you have alot of **** in your room
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if i were you, i would turn everything off, call an electrician, and run like h*** out of the house!
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I am going to keep it as-is. I will not use my portable heater, however. So, hopefully all will be well. I know where the wires travel in the wall, and once a day I feel the wall in that area.. just to make sure . After school tomorrow, I will pull an outlet to see what gauge wire I have.


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