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Good read.

I'm glad my house isn't that old!
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A Powerfull WC system takes alot more power
Why would it? I don't see what takes power in my WC loops except for fans and pumps, and powerful pumps for WC systems are only about 15W each.
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When I was over in Kentucky a few years back the phrase that my friend over ther gave me was 'You Brits always want shock the £$^% out of yourselves'. He was referring to the 240v domestic electricity level, and how US circuits are 120v, therefore 'safer.

Desn't Ohms law then state that the UK 240v is actually safer for higher loads, in this case of course? If you are taling about being shocked from the mains then yes you are twice as likely to die here, but it can handle a much larger load?

Just interested if that is true or not?
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This is why I like having my kitchen in the kitchen. In BC by law each receptacle's individual outlet must have a 15 amp breaker attached to it, if its in the kitchen. So I have around 3600 watts at my disposal My old house could barely run my computer and monitor on one receptacle. Still, 2000 watts is a bit excessive. Even in my kitchen, when I'd turn on my old CRT's the lights would flicker rofl.
    
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Well-done Sladesurfer.
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That's a very good read! I live in a crappy apartment right now, so I was kind of wincing when I saw that pic. However, I have all of my PC/TV parts on a heavy duty power strip.
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When I was over in Kentucky a few years back the phrase that my friend over ther gave me was 'You Brits always want shock the £$^% out of yourselves'. He was referring to the 240v domestic electricity level, and how US circuits are 120v, therefore 'safer.

Desn't Ohms law then state that the UK 240v is actually safer for higher loads, in this case of course? If you are taling about being shocked from the mains then yes you are twice as likely to die here, but it can handle a much larger load?

Just interested if that is true or not?
240V allows the same load to be transmitted with a smaller gauge wire, it's an economics thing. Copper ain't cheap. Double the voltage, and half the amperage is required to transmit the same amount of power. That is why power lines are 20,000-120,000V... if they stayed at 240V the wire would be the size of tree trunks to be able to handle the amperage, and the cost would be unimaginable. That's what those big circuit yards you see on the side of the road do... they contain step-up and step-down transformers to convert to household/industrial voltage and high voltage switches to allow the power to be disconnected remotely for repairs.

I already knew what sladesurfer posted being that I am the electrical technician at my work, I deal with 480V three phase and fun stuff like that almost daily, so house electrical is hardly a mystery to me. 120V and 240V have more than enough power to kill you dead, it is all about how much of that power actually makes a circuit with your body, and additionally whether that circuit is made across your heart. Most (smart)electricians use a one-hand rule when working on live boxes... one hand in your pocket, one hand in the box.

edit: Thanks for posting this slade, it really, really scares me that this is not common knowledge. Most people really have no idea of what they are playing with since electricity is such an everyday thing in many civilized countries. I know I won't burn my own house down, but I can't speak for my neighbors.
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When ever I turn on my hairdryer, all the lights in the house get immediate dimmer. Is this a bad sign ?
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When ever I turn on my hairdryer, all the lights in the house get immediate dimmer. Is this a bad sign ?
lol same with my PC... and mines only 760W
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When ever I turn on my hairdryer, all the lights in the house get immediate dimmer. Is this a bad sign ?
Not necessarily. The resistance of the heating coils in the hairdryer is much lower when they are cold, so there is a current surge when you first turn it on until they begin to warm up, and then the power consumption drops down to it's sticker rating. Now if they stay dim, that is officially a bad sign. That means that your house wiring is undersized for the current capacity of your breakers and the power your hairdryer and other appliances are using. If you were able to reach into your walls and feel the wiring after some time I am fairly sure it would be quite warm.

That is the same reason why you sometimes see a capacitor attached to the side of an electric motor. The peak startup current can often be higher than the rating of the circuit that the motor is on, causing the breaker to blow upon startup even though it wouldn't blow while the motor is running. The capacitor stores and quickly delivers energy at the startup peak to smooth out the motor's current draw and allow it to develop enough torque to begin turning.
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