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Re: OT: Computer's electrical outlet

On Thursday 15 November 2007, alan wrote:
>On Thu, 15 Nov 2007, Mikkel L. Ellertson wrote:
>> alan wrote:
>>> The one piece of kitchen equiptment that has caused me the most problems
>>> is a toaster.  I used to blow fuses at my old house all the time and 95%
>>> of the time it was the toaster that pushed it over the edge.
>>> With that high of a load, I wonder if the breakers work at all.
>> Toasters tend to be a high-draw appliance, but they do not produce
>> the startup spike that a microwave or a motor produces. Now, when it
>> comes to breakers, there are many different types. The most common
>> types in the U.S. are the thermal over-current and the magnetic
>> short-circuit types. The better types, like the Square-D QO line
>> have both in one package. The magnetic trip is great for protecting
>> against short-circuits, but do not do well against overloads. The
>> thermal trip types are great against over-current, but are very slow
>> to react to a short-circuit. One of the worst examples of this were
>> the old FPE breakers. You could vaporize anywhere between 1/4" to
>> 1/2" of screwdriver before one would trip. On the other hand, the
>> did offer fair overload protection. (I can remember a 60 amp QO
>> breaker feeding a temporary panel trip before a 20 amp FPE breaker
>> that was the only load, when someone dropped a beam on a cord
>> plugged into the outlet. I was surprised that the breaker tripped
>> before the cord burned clear of the beam.)
>The breakers in my old house were glass screw-in fuses.
>Not the worse case at that house...
>[Digression warning]
>I had all sorts of problems with light bulbs flickering and burning out,
>as well as other electrical problems.  After lots of ranting I got the
>landlord to bring in an electrician.
>He found that one of the 220 breakers was blown, so he replaced the fuse
>and threw the switch.
>There was a flash across the room and the breaker popped immediatly.
>He followed the 220 line from the breaker and found it clamped to a pipe.
>A gas pipe.
>When they replaced the electric stove with gas, instead of capping the
>electric line, they just attached it to a nearby pipe.  (Which happened to
>be the gas pipe.)

I wonder what part of the plumbers test that guy failed?

>My landlord did not say much the rest of the day and I know we didn't have
>any gas leaks.
How about now?
>Truth is stranger than fiction because fiction has to make sense.

Cheers, Gene
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