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Old 11-19-2008, 09:17 PM   #1
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Hi;
When I lived in an apartment in New Jersey, my super told me that I must remove the 3-outlet tap from a receptacle in the living room.
He told me that only the kind with a circuit breaker was allowed.

The tap I was using was one of those really heavy rubber ones, with a ground. It was capable of handling 15A, same as the receptacle, and the breaker.

I ended up going to Radio Shack, getting ripped off for some of their best surge protector outlet taps (the ones you just plug into a duplex to make it a 6-outlet tap), but I needed to have them before the inspection, which was the next day.

I can understand why they don't like extension cords, especially anything with lower capacity than the receptacle it is plugged into, or those cheap ungrounded taps, but why not a heavy 3-outlet tap?
I was only using it because I had two plugs which were angled, and would not fit into the standard duplex.
In theory at least, the tap I had should have been OK, since it was rated for the breaker rating.

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Old 11-19-2008, 09:43 PM   #2
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I don't really see anything wrong with it. But a better question is how does your landlord know what you have plugged in?

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We can't read your former landlord's mind. Maybe it's just because the very cheapest of power strips that often have undersized conductors are the ones with no breaker built in. So it's just an arbitrary way to make you buy something a little higher quality.
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They had state inspectors come in once per year. Apparently, the inspector had come into my apartment, seen the "violation" and allowed a couple of days to fix before re-inspection.

I went a bit overboard in buying expensive surge protection devices, but that is what I really wanted anyway.

I'm not living in the apartment anymore, but I still have this negative feeling about those devices.
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I don't like them either. They are not allowed in my house. They make some types that screw in I think. Using the center screw that holds the plate. These would be acceptable IMHO. Your super was a cautious person. He was not to fond of the idea of possible fire.

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Would a $3 surge strip from CompUSA not have been acceptable?
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Would a $3 surge strip from CompUSA not have been acceptable?
It might have been if it had a circuit breaker. But now that I have those expensive surge protectors, I am using them. Nothing lost.

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