Originally Posted by legoman786
My entire 1300 sqft apartment is wired with 20A breakers.
No clue on the wiring, though.
Most of the important high load sockets in my home are too. But, I buy my homes stripped to the bones, & rewire everything to suit my needs. Mostly, so I can make sure everything's done to my satisfaction, & I'm not getting ripped off by a fresh pretty skin covering up rotted decay or substandard construction. I didn't bother with the sockets like, by the beds for instance, places where there's only likely to be a lamp & docking clock radio.
You'll likely find 12/3 connecting everything in the walls w/ 20a.
Getting into mining though, I'm starting to wish I'd dropped a 220v 50a leg into one of the spare bedrooms... Lol!
Originally Posted by Faster_is_better
So if I extrapolate what you've said a bit. A 10 ft run of 14 gauge, such as on this power strip, would be more than capable to carry a 15 amp load, since that same cable is actually capable of 15 amp load at a span of 200ft?
I have only 2 outlets in this office room, I think the one is free and clear 100% available to me, the other one may be shared with the next office over. Breaker box is right outside my office door, so the cable runs from that box should be in the 30ft range unless they did some really strange routing. Also one of the receptacles says 15 amp rating, so I would guess that's what it is. The maintenance guy for the building didn't know when I asked him before, he just suggested they were standard 15 amp.
I need to run some type of extension or power strip from the receptacle on one wall, across to where all my pc's are, so I was just trying to determine what I needed to buy to accomplish that. Currently I have everything but a microwave and fridge pulling from 1 side. To accommodate my mining gear, I will have to balance the load between these 2 and hope they are separate circuits...
Your extrapolations are correct, if more than a bit on the cautious side. But, so is minimum building code, for an inherent margin of error being accounted for.
As for the plans: Likely, the sockets in that room are not on separate circuits. That's pretty rare in modern construction (bean counters + profit margins= minimum code. Only unless you pay extra. With commercial rental properties, that's even less likely unless they were designed for industrial applications). Often times, you'll see a daisy chained set of sockets off of the same circuit leg unless you designated it in the plans to be on separate legs yourself, unfortunately. Like I said earlier though, the wiring on the Belkin is more than capable of holding up it's end of the bargain safely. That, you don't have to worry about.
Whether the contractor that built the building, or the inspector that passed the building was shady, is an entirely different matter. Most unfortunate, is that both of those occurrences are becoming ever more prevalent in the construction market over the past 30 years. I wish I could be more positive on that note, but of what I've personally run across over a span of more than a "few buildings", that's just not realistic of me to do.
On the up side, it's not exactly difficult to drop a second leg yourself & upgrade the breaker itself with the breaker box so close to your office, if you find your setup tripping breakers.
No love for my mad oc'ing TF3 results... Edited by ForceProjection - 12/13/13 at 3:40pm