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Build a high quality power bar that can be as basic or advanced as you want and it's module replaceable.

 
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Step 1: Parts list

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Parts list and sources.

My parts were bought and scrounged from other things.

2x receptacle's. this is where the grade and quality comes in. I used hospital grade 20 amp plugs with integrated surge protection and GFI protection on the circuit as well. Scored from ebay for 19 bucks each.

Wire......again pick and chose, something good quality that's meant for use as a portable appliance cord. i used a cord from a 800watt stage spotlight, over kill but heat resistant and uses 12 gauge wire.
(make sure to save a few pieces for jumpers between your plugs, about 6 inches. )

Male Plug - I used a hospital grade 20 amp plug, found in my parts bin. Shop around, home depot would have a basic version of this. Ebay if you want a nice hospital or audio grade plug. Make sure you get one that has the ground plug on it.

Box - I used a dual gang outdoor box with a 3/4" non threaded fitting.

Through tight vapor fitting.....not essential but acts as strain relief. Will be found in the home depot isle close to the box. NOTE: you will also need glue to attach it, your supposed to use pvc glue, but being that its not going outside i just used gorilla glue and its never coming outa there so im not worried about it.

Cover pate.. plastic, metal, whatever you want, i used stainless steel, was the most expensive one there but it looks nice when its all done.

Tools, wire cutters, strippers, and a few screwdrivers.

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DIY Dave5 years ago
great instuctable

in step 1 on the parts list you wrote GFI but I think you meant GFCI
From what I have found rewiring homes, and doing remodels, the GFCI are mainly Circuit Breakers that are in the panel. Where as the GFI are just plugs and they control and kill the power to any receptacle that is after that plug, and keeping the remaining outlets alive. The main difference that I have found between the GIF and the GFCI are that when I was doing outlets outside they were attached to the circuit breaker, and the GFI were just installed in the kitchen, bathrooms, and basement where there was wet locations. So all in all I would say that both of you are right.
ok, I must have purchased the wrong outdoor carlon box. I picked up a dual gang outdoor box 1/2" (with non threaded fitting). The hospital grade wattgate receptacles I purchased are too big for this box (the holes don't line up). :( I got a strain relief kit too , hopefully that works.
Lftndbt6 years ago
Any chance of a residual current device? Not sure if that's the right term in the US.. You know the thing that stop's me getting Zapped when I do something stupid... Like ... fall in the pool with the blower/vac... ;P
tstraub Lftndbt6 years ago
That's what the GFI(ground fault interrupter) outlet dose. If there is a current imbalance between the hot and neutral sides it shuts off.
yes the GFI will shut off anything plugged into it but if it falls in the pool with you it will kill you the power going to the unit wont shut off until it overloads the circuit breaker and in most homes thats at least 20amps get a GFI male plug if you plan on using it outside or near water
You are right about getting zapped. A GFCI won't prevent you from getting shocked but it will prevent you from being shocked longer. Use a GFCI breaker before you jump into the pool with an extension cord. Stuie25 I always pigtail my power and hook the outlets in parallel not daisy chained, that way both loads won't go down at the same time when the first one trips.
stuie25 (author)  concretepaul6 years ago
i thought about that but i thought it might work better if they both tripped out, that and i use the test button as a power right now. v2.0 will have a power switch
Derin stuie255 years ago
easy ,just use a 3 gang system with a wall switch
Just wondering, I made hundreds of these when I worked at a convention center, less the GFI. We simply called them quad boxes and they usually had 30ft. of #12(SO) cord attached.
For use in outdoor or damp locations it may be best to build a simple quad box and plug it into a GFI protected recapticle . That way the entire assembly along with any thing plugged into it will be protected. A GFI plug in place of a standard plug on the cord would be trick and the most flexible, but they are expensive.
/agree
Or GFCIs
tstraub tstraub6 years ago
Looks like someone beat me to it. I guess I should have refreshed the page between singing up and posting.
The orange/red colored outlet is GFI which will trip if you do something stupid and is easily reset.
gilbert20486 years ago
looks great for a LAN hook up especially with the built in surge protection, no need to run a network cable with it you don't want them close to power. Maybe thinking about putting 3 of these together on a long cord.
stuie25 (author)  gilbert20486 years ago
i dont think you can get a three gang surface mount pvc box cause i have 10 tvss plugs that want to be put into something and i was thiking about building a bigger version as well
I meant building 3 separate boxes and weiring them up along a single cord
cord: = Box: ()() plug: (=

()()======()()======()()==========(=
Done.LINKY
jongscx6 years ago
Now, how do I add ethernet and AC in one cable, so that I can have all-in-one lan nodes for my gaming parties?
you could use a conduit coming out of the box and at the plug run the cat 5 out
kraM jongscx6 years ago
just an idea but coulden't e-tape the cables to each other?
you shouldent, because it would overpower the cat 5e cable but they make box dividers for it, just use two cords taped at regular intervals togher to work.
I think he's talking about something like BPL (Broadband over Power Lines). It's not sticking AC into cat5, it's putting data through AC lines, since AC current and data travel at different frequencies, so no interference. I don't know much about this, and if any of that said above is wrong, please correct me.
jongscx dfc8496 years ago
No, it's basically having a multi-conductor, small-gauge wiring assembly running next to a 2-3 conductor, 12-ga wire, but all bundled together , so that I can have a remote box that has both a power connection AND ethernet connectivity AND a clean-looking cable connecting it to the wall socket...
dfc849 jongscx6 years ago
ooh.. sorry, my bad. yeah that sounds a little more professional than most replied ideas...
Oh, heck yeah... I understand that I'm not supposed to run 120V AC current through an, what is that, a 24ga wire... I was wondering if it was possible to run a data cable next to an AC current and not have an appreciable amount of signal loss because of interference (without having to spend an arm and a foot for shielding...)
You can get cable that has various numbers of small-gauge wire within a shield and a pair of 12 gauge or so outside the shield for power, all encased in an outer jacket. Belden makes some stuff like that. It's pricey though, $5/ft or more several years ago. Probably double that now. You would be better doing what most industrial users I've seen do: tape your cat 5 to your power line.
ah! thats the easiest thing in the world!!!! wrap the entire AC line in aluminum foil, and connect that foil to the Ground wire. this will effectively shield all EMF from interfering with the LAN line. oh by the way, I don't mean wrap the BARE AC wires......
Saw this on redit.com today

http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20071115-powerline-broadband-chip-demoed-at-400-megabits-per-second.html
Powerline network throws down the gauntlet on Ethernet, 802.11n at 400Mbps

wongsta6 years ago
My cheapo powerboard is so bad when i accidently kicked it my computer turned off
I've done that many, many times my friend. you are not alone.
i am a sparky and yea quad boxes are a common thing. but the daisy chain thing, its for safety. but if you want to do separate might as well put two gfi's in. or else all gained protection would be lost. so then just use two regular plugs , be cheep and burn down the house. or get electrocuted to death. also a quick note. gfi's are poliarty sensitive, so green to green, white to silver and black to black/dark screw. it will save your life.
The recepticle that is connected to the GFI equipped receptacle is protected as well. Generally the GFI receptacacle is the first device in a circuit so it can protect the remaining circuit. No need for two individual GFI equipped receptacles
Can you just plug one with regular outlets into a GFCI outlet and still be safe?
jaime99996 years ago
Here's a tip: figure out a way to permanently mount a pair of double-sided velcro strips next to each outlet. That will give you a 'lock' to keep wall-wart transformers from disconnecting. In my homemade power strip, it was easy because I stapled the ends of the strips to the case underneath the cover plates.
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dpocius6 years ago
I made one of these years ago using a cast-metal outdoor quad box with outlet covers and plain outlets (before GFCIs). Used it for building construction. Great to see the modern update! I may update mine as well.
Nice... I've done this before, but not so heavy duty. Now you should buy a single outlet box and attach it to the double. Then install a dimmer switch in the single so you can control the outlets' power. I did this for a single outlet... now I have a portable dimmer outlet (actually, I cut a hole through one of the sides of the plastic single outlet box and attached both of the components to the same box. The box was deep enough to make this possible).
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I bolted two three-gang boxes together to make a three outlet/dimmer version of this for my BandBlinder project. What do you use yours for?
Various things such as a heat control for my 100 Watt soldering iron (used to do this, until I brought a good 30W one), testing out AC circuits (Vacuum motors, Air Conditioning fans, etc). Just the usual :)
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