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Old 03-23-2011, 04:25 PM   #16
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yes but i normaly ue 50%-75% of the wattage cuase of the things i do planning on taking a car amp and using a psu to power it i love loud music can probly explain why i have a 1000 watt surround sound looking to create a 2000 watt or 3000 watt speaker system with a 1600 watt psu and car amp thats if the make a bigger psu in the future id plan on using 1800 watt or 2000 watt

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Old 03-23-2011, 04:30 PM   #17
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so im guesing your saying its not the main breaker its the pole to the house power and the secondary breakers are not set right in the case of how it needs to be wired
The incoming power lines are sized to match the required service. The main breaker limits how much total power you can draw which also protects the incoming power lines from being overloaded.
Your problem appears that your branch circuits, or as you call them secondary, are not sized correctly. Residential general purpose circuits are either 15 amp breakers and 14 gauge wire or 20 amp breakers and 12 gauge wire.
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And BTW, a 100 amp service is 24000 watts.
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Old 03-23-2011, 04:37 PM   #19
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i have a question im rlly worried more on my office thats the big thing atm thats like my highest power room lot of people have been saying i need computers on there own breaker and the surround sound on its own breaker becuase of the power being used

so what should i do here
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Old 03-23-2011, 04:46 PM   #20
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I think the real problem is either:

a) outlets not grounded.

b) polarity reversed.

Option "a" would be typical from the time when 100 amp serviced was standard.

Get the two test devices and see what's really going on. You can't tell by looking at the outside of any piece of electronics how much electricity it really uses.
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i have a question im rlly worried more on my office thats the big thing atm thats like my highest power room lot of people have been saying i need computers on there own breaker and the surround sound on its own breaker becuase of the power being used

so what should i do here
It's not because of how much power they use (computers use little power -- get the tester and find out), but to isolate the grounds from each other. We used to have a lot of problems with computers (particularly hard drive failures). We had some new circuits installed and the problems cleared up.
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Old 03-23-2011, 04:53 PM   #22
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yea im having an issue right now wich is very funny went toturn on my pc here and says file error
in the middle of fixing it as we speak for the 4th time in 4 years
breaker flipped earlier this morning havent turned on computer been off since then
i keep my computers on

on my mac atm
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I think the real problem is either:

a) outlets not grounded.

b) polarity reversed.

Option "a" would be typical from the time when 100 amp serviced was standard.

Get the two test devices and see what's really going on. You can't tell by looking at the outside of any piece of electronics how much electricity it really uses.
He's tripping breakers...... your comment about grounding and 100 amp is irrelevant. Grounding was required long before 200 amp services were common.
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just talked to my dad on the phone he said when he did the work on the electrical he said something about it being on negitive line and not grounded and my uncle is gonna be coming over to see what the issue im having is and talk about it a bit tomorrow
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I hope your uncle knows more than your dad.
There is not a negitive in an a/c electrical system.

You also need to put in some periods and commas to make reading your post easier.
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yea i already know that all there is a big thick ground wire going into the ground outside and i know thats basicly what the ground is ill tell you this much i think im more knowlegable then both my grammer and spelling sucks sometimes cuase i get lazy on it
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I hope your uncle knows more than your dad.
There is not a negitive in an a/c electrical system.

You also need to put in some periods and commas to make reading your post easier.
BTW if you know what im saying then i dont need grammer its basicly you and your idiocy that makes you unable to understand me

oh btw my mac has constent spell correcting on everything so im not worried about grammer as you can see

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BTW if you know what im saying then i dont need grammer its basicly you and your idiocy that makes you unable to understand me

oh btw my mac has constent spell correcting on everything so im not worried about grammer as you can see as some are the same as me
Uh, no. The problem is your illiteracy. I've got 4-year-old grandchildren who write and spell better than you. If your knowledge of things electrical is comparable, you're in serious trouble.
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Uh, no. The problem is your illiteracy. I've got 4-year-old grandchildren who write and spell better than you. If your knowledge of things electrical is comparable, you're in serious trouble.
good then you understand how todays schools teach more then they ever had

you probly didnt take the time to look at (i could care less about grammer)
just for idoits that can't figure it out on there own meaning you need every little thing made right cuase you can't figure out how something is put unless you learn it by a book or visual or sound meaning clear idiocy to put it in a easy way so you can understand me like a retard here goes

( I could care less about any of my grammar as i don't have to do manual labor i have money unlike some meaning i can be really lazy do you get what i said now)
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...so what should i do here
From what I have read here, you should call a real electrician for some circuit upgrades. Upgrading the incoming service won't help you unless you have some system-wide voltage drop issues, and have been tripping out the main breaker.

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