A couple guys from my church have done that,
and say it's very satisfying. I don't have
the money for air fare, vaccinatons, etc.
Doesn't seem to be in the plan, for me. But,
thanks for the nice suggestion.
On Sat, 26 Dec 2015 10:31:51 -0500, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
If we lived in a perfect world, this would be true. A friend got a new
winter coat yesterday. The zipper broke today. And things made on
Mondays are often made by hangovers.
Also, except way out of the country, most transformers serve multiple
buildings, and who knows what the neighbors are running. That neighbor
may have a huge welder or who knows what else.
On Sun, 27 Dec 2015 04:16:19 -0600, email@example.com wrote:
If I was seeing this kind of imbalance at the service disconnect, my
PoCo would be getting a call and if it was not corrected, I would
escalate it up through the state resources we have available.
My bet is there will be a neutral lug somewhere along the line that is
Is that on the 127v leg? Even so, that would still be over 22a on 121v
(what you should be seeing if the legs were balanced)
What kind of plug is on this thing? (what was it when you bought it)
The other posters are correct, it should be a 30a plug.
On 12/26/2015 12:47 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
on it but I recently changed it to a heavy duty 20 amp plug because the
old plug was getting a bit warm (not hot). The new plug stays very cool.
The interesting part is that the cord on the bed is only #12. This is an
older Sun Industries bed that we purchased used about three years ago
but it appears that the cord is definitely original as well as the
timer, fans, etc. Of course the bulbs had been replaced and had
approximately 300 hours on them when we got it.
Actually, the more I think about it and without going out and looking I
think that each bulb is only 105 watts but the two fans would be drawing
a little bit.
I will check the voltage of various outlets with a couple of my meters
and see if they match the Kilowatt meter. If they do I will check in the
box. I also have a clamp on meter that I can check and see how many amps
the whole thing is really drawing.
In the meantime I need to have lunch and then complete a few other
projects before these holidays are over.
It may depend on how the Kilowatt meter works. In the last few days I have
been playing around with a meter similar to it that I got from China. It
displays the voltage, amperage, power.. The first thing I was testing was
an amplifier for my ham radio that puts out about 750 watts. The meter on
th eAC line was showing 118 volts 12,9 amps, 1216 watts. If you multiply
the volts and amps you get 1522 for the watage. I then hooked a heat gun
that is mostly resistive and was getting 117 V , 15 A, 1753 power, and by
multiplying Vand A I get 1755 for the wattage. Doing some more playing just
hooking a 50 mfd capacitor across the line it was drawing about 2.33 amps
and showing only about 1.5 watts.
I did check the meter with some Fluke meters and with the heat gun it shows
the same current and voltage so the China meter is accurate with in a small
That tanning bed may be drawing current that is out of phase and you are
getting a current that is not really accurate compaired to the RMS or
Does the tanning bed have a power usage plate on it somewhere?
If so, how much power does it say it's supposed to use?
Either way, 23+ amps is too much for a standard 20A circuit with 12 gauge
I realize that it is a bit too much for a standard 20 amp circuit and
#12 wire. In fact, I stated that in my first post. OTOH - it has been
working fine for over three years without even popping a 20 amp circuit
breaker until I switched outlets. I need to try it in other outlets on
other 20 amp circuits to see if by chance the breaker on the original
circuit might be bad. Of course I might just change breakers to check
the same thing.
Before next year's tanning season I no doubt will simply purchase a bed
that runs off of 220 and just put another outlet in the line that runs
to my 220 air air compressor as both will never be on at the same time.
The point is you are pushing the circuit beyond it's design limits.
Hopefully, all is well with no bad side effects. On the other hand, you
"might" be overheating the cables. I would seriously check all of the
connections at the panel and the outlets to make sure there are no burned
Most of all, replace that breaker that is obviously not protecting the
I don't know anything about tanning beds, but a roll of 10 gauge wire and a
30A socket seems like it would be a lot cheaper than a new tanning bed.
Yea, and the breaker that DOES NOT trip could be defective or even
internally seized up, which is dangerous. I'd also try replacing that
one too, and see if the new breaker trips in the same panel location.
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