I have four tanks all lined up in a row in my basement. I wanted to make it easier to turn filters and heaters off, without having to unplug them. I was hoping to add GFCI protection (the importance of which was demonstrated in the "Fun with Electricity
" thread). Also, I'll be moving all the tanks shortly, so I didn't want to do anything permanent.
Anyway, I had some spare materials left from a kitchen remodel and put the following power strip together in about 2 hours.
It all runs through a GFCI protected outlet. I have a total of 10 outlets on the entire strip, 6 of which are controlled by individual switches. I've mounted this on the wall behind my aquariums and can move it with the aquariums - or make other use of it in the future.
I was thinking of removing the GFCI outlet, because one of my lights always trips it (turning EVERYTHING off) when the light comes on. However, after reading the "Fun with Electricity
" thread, I can see that I better find another solution to that problem. Possibly adding a second GFCI outlet at the end of the circut and plugging the guilty light in there - or even adding a second circut to the strip?
Now, I just need to put plates over the boxes.