WM> Just to set the stage: the original structure of our house was built in
WM> 1920. From 1954 to '56, my uncle added a garage/office to the back (West),
WM> extended the bedrooms (North), and enclosed the screened-in porch to make a
WM> By day I'm a mild mannered computer programmer. My office at home has two
WM> computers with all the trappings, plus a MIDI workstation, mixer, amp, etc
WM> etc etc. My wife and I also own a business making shirts and tights for
WM> renaissance festivals throughout the country, so in the basement are three
WM> industrial sewing machines, plus all the trappings that go with ~that~.
WM> No, we're not blowing fuses. The problem is, I've got four boxes, and no
WM> more circuits - by rights, if I'm doing my math right, the costume shop
WM> alone should have two, for instance, but there was only one left in the box
WM> Each computer should have its own circuit. I'm not overpowering the box,
WM> I'm just out of room.
I would get the opinion of another electrician, though he may be
correct. When we did the addition here last summer we explored a 200A
service panel (also had the four-fuses-and-two-circuit-breakers-added)
but ended up with a 100A panel. Still several breaker positions
WM> setup was considered a lot of electricity for a room. To setup one compute
WM> in my house takes an outlet for the computer; a monitor; a printer; a
WM> scanner; the DSL modem; a broadband router; a switch (I have a home
WM> network). That's seven. The entertainment center: a tv; vcr; dvd; an
WM> amplifier/receiver; cd player. That's five.
Doesn't really matter the number of devices but the amount of
electricity consumed. You could have one lamp with a 100W bulb or 25
lamps with 4 watt nightlight bulbs; same amperage being pulled but a
lot more devices!
WM> Thesis: We live now in an age where there is more Electical Stuff in common
WM> usage than anytime before, and that the conventional/traditional wisdom
WM> needs some updating.
I would probably have a lot more outlets installed and consider quads
(two duplex outlets together) for some positions. For the computers
may not be necessary. The computers here are plugged into a UPS so
computers take one wall outlet; the stuff gets plugged into the back
of the UPS.
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