110 volt 30 amp outlets


Old 07-06-01, 12:13 PM
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I am hosting a lan party at a curling club at the end of August. Some of the outlets in the building are 110 volt 30 amps. Can I plug normal 110 volt computers into these outlets? I should be able to plug twice as many in as compared to 15 amp circuits, right?

Also, if I was going to make extension cords to be used with this 30 amp circuit, what gauge of wire would I need? And for the outlets on the end of this wire, would I have to use 30 amp outlets, or would 15 amp outlets do? Each outlet would have one computer plugged into it, so the total current draw across a standard 2-plug outlet would be less than 15 amps. I would just like the ability to put 4 outlets (8 plugs) on one 30 amp circuit so that I can have 8 computers plug into it.

Thanks in advance for your help.
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Old 07-06-01, 01:41 PM
Gary Tait
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You need some sort of protection between the 30A and your
wiring (which will be at most 15A). See if they have
portable breaker boxes available that have appropriate overcurrent protection. If not, you will need to
look into making your own.

To make your own, you will need a small main lug
panel, two 15A breakers, two duplex recepticles/boxes/plates, a 30A (10 guage) SO flex
with an appropriate plug, and a sheet of plywood to attach it to.
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