how to wire sockets in a stand

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Me again,
chucking out questions as I think of them!

this time.... is it worth running a bank of double sockets across the back of the tank stand?

Or

Is simply using a number of extention leads and easier option?

Rob
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Reply #1

The former!!!

I installed 3 banks of 4 way extension leads grouped together in my Roma 200, (Jess' tank) and while it works just fine, you won't regret making the effort with a bank of sockets, it's really just an hour's work and no more money than the extensions, if you go to Screwfix for the parts, as they're all cheap as chips.

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I've not got around to attaching mine, but down the side of the tank, I've just added a power strip with individual switches for 8 sockets.  I have another, the first one I added, which doesn't have the individual switches, which I now regret and will probably swap out at some point.  I'm also going to move it, as it's right about the sump, and I've nearly dropped a plug into the sump a few times now!
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thanks again,
Mike have you noticed any salt creep on the plugs or moisture? is it worth using external socket? have you just spured them off one another? can't quite picture in my head how you've wired them, and the funny thing is I've wired sockets like this before!! in my kitchen (6 years ago might I add.)

I'll have to fiugure out how many plugs I'll use.
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Reply #4

Hi, rob.

There's no creep, as there's no microbubbles popping. There was some humidity, that'd make the walls of the cabinet damp, but I eradicated that with a slow fan drawing air out of the cabinet. It stays bone dry and not humid now.

The wiring is simple, those bits of 3 core simply chain each together in parallel. So the ends are stripped, and both the cable supplying power coming from the previous socket, and the cable wanting power, going to the next socket both go into the contacts of each socket.

If it's not clear, I'll draw a diagram. :)
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Reply #5

The former!!!

I installed 3 banks of 4 way extension leads grouped together in my Roma 200, (Jess' tank) and while it works just fine, you won't regret making the effort with a bank of sockets, it's really just an hour's work and no more money than the extensions, if you go to Screwfix for the parts, as they're all cheap as chips.
I know the DT should be the main attraction but those sockets are just spot on! My OCD is once again soothed :D

Anyway, I like this idea but my only thought is the plug going into the wall socket. All the equipment usually has it's own plug, but everything on this converges into one plug in the wall. Wont that overload it? Or is my understanding of electrical currents a bit flawed? Im curious because I'm a neat-freak and this really appeals to me :)

Also, sorry for reviving an old thread. Did you have any issues with the sockets in the cabinet since the last comment or was it all ok once you got a fan going?

Thanks!

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Reply #6

You're unlikely to be drawing more than 13A from all the kit on your tank.  So, one plug is fine.
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You're unlikely to be drawing more than 13A from all the kit on your tank.  So, one plug is fine.
Well this has got me looking into electrics and now i see what you mean. Am i right in thinking a 13A fuse can handle up to about 3000W?

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Reply #8

Well this has got me looking into electrics and now i see what you mean. Am i right in thinking a 13A fuse can handle up to about 3000W?

Yes a 13A fuse will handle 3kw , with all the equipment that you end up with all plugged in , it's surprising how little load the total is for the amount of equipment used .

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Yes a 13A fuse will handle 3kw , with all the equipment that you end up with all plugged in , it's surprising how little load the total is for the amount of equipment used .
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Reply #10

I’m in the process of doing the wiring in my new display tank (before  I stock it) I bought a DJ power switch 1u rackmount. All my equipment with that has a normal plug will have the plug replaced with a kettle lead type plug. I also intend to run a few seperate power switches (connected to the DJ switch) to host the plugs with transformers. I’ll look to partition off the sump from where the power is and install cable run boxes (the type with bristles) to manage the cables into the sump, whilst stopping water going towards the power

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