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01 Aug 2016 14:44 #1 by Bill
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I wasn't to sure about where to put this.

Please correct me where I'm wrong; when plugging into a double socket, is it a total of 13 Amps per socket or for both sockets? I'm assuming 13 amps per socket, giving 26 amps per double, is that correct?

How does one convert wattage to amps? I vaguely recall something from a long time ago that you do something like add up the total wattage, i.e. heaters, lights etc. and divide by the power (240v). 2 x 100 watt heaters, filter @ 7 watts, lights 5 watts; total = 212 watts/-240 = 0.9 amps. Is this correct or am I away off the mark by miles?

I'm also wondering if a "Safety" section should be put into the forum seeing as we are working with electricity and water. A place for this sort of question to be asked, maybe with a sticky outlining basics in electricity/water. It would only need a numb-skull like me to do something wrong and blow up the house :crazy:
Bill

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01 Aug 2016 17:36 #2 by anthonyd
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From what i remember from the physics at school to get the amps, in a single phase circuit, you divide the wattage by the voltage.

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01 Aug 2016 18:14 #3 by Bill
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Thanks, Anthony, my memory isn't as bad as I thought then :)
Bill

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01 Aug 2016 18:17 #4 by robert
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Most fishkeeping equipment draws small current even heaters 300watt max . The max on each socket is 13 amps , for pure safety replace the fuses in all your plugs with 5 amp . Just increases the safety factor . Most houses now have rcb fuseboards again this makes things much safer

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01 Aug 2016 18:56 #5 by Bill
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cheers, Robert. Much appreciated.
Bill

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01 Aug 2016 22:57 #6 by nomad
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Just googled using an extention lead plugged into a single socket and the first site I came to gave a calculater that gave some clarity that with 13 amps you can run up to a combined 3000 watts for your plug in products .sorry site was www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/guides-...overloading-sockets/

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02 Aug 2016 07:03 #7 by gunnered72
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Im an Electrician myself and will gladly answer any electrical questions.....I just wont be able to reply instantly as im quite busy lately...

An Electrical Safety Section is an excellent idea!

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02 Aug 2016 07:32 #8 by robert
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Well thats all our electrical problems solved knowing that we have a qualified electrician on board

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02 Aug 2016 09:44 #9 by Bill
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Thanks, everyone for the helpful replies.
Bill

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02 Aug 2016 11:02 #10 by JohnH
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This topic has now been moved - lock, stock and barrel - to the new Section.

John

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N. Tipp

We're just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl - year after year.


ITFS member.



It's a long way to Tipperary.

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02 Aug 2016 11:32 #11 by Bill
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Nice one, John. I feel safer already :laugh:
Bill

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02 Aug 2016 22:55 #12 by igmillichip
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I think that the section should be given a wider Safety title than electrics as electrics are only a small part of the safety issues within tanks.

We have things such as electrics, weight, structural damage, toxicity, physical damage by fish, glass (and tank dismantling), and zoonoses.

ian

Irish Tropical Fish Society (ITFS) Member.

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02 Aug 2016 23:35 #13 by nomad
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Excuse my ignorance Ian regarding zoonoses,can you enlighten pls,cheers...

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03 Aug 2016 00:15 #14 by Sukahn
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Zoonosis is a disease transmittable from animals to humans :) for us fish people the most common, Fish TB.

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03 Aug 2016 00:35 #15 by nomad
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Big Wow, so fully equipt aquarium now for sale,thanks Sukahn

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03 Aug 2016 07:10 #16 by robert
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Is this a actual concern to fishkeepers, how do you know if your fish have TB?

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03 Aug 2016 07:52 #17 by robert
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What about calling the section safety within the fishkeeping hoby this could then include the broarder issues as sudjested by Ian

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03 Aug 2016 10:48 #18 by paulv
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A health and safety section is a great idea, like many of the others I never heard of fish TB. This new section can be very educational.

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03 Aug 2016 16:47 #19 by JustinK
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So what's the answer to the original question ?

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