Built my own Power Strip
Planted Tank Forums
Your Tanks Image Hosting *Tank Tracker * Plant Profiles Fish Profiles Planted Tank Guide Photo Gallery Articles

Go Back   The Planted Tank Forum > Specific Aspects of a Planted Tank > DIY

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11-25-2009, 04:48 AM   #1
Planted Member
Twimbo's Avatar
PTrader: (8/100%)
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: St. Paul, MN - USA
Posts: 217

Built my own Power Strip

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.

Twimbo is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:
Your Location. As precise as you feel comfortable with.
Security Question
While balancing on a piece of wood, two inches by four inches known as a 2x4, John and his friend Sally both spotted a dalmatian inside of a truck with sirens. The animal with John and Sally is a _ _ _?
Please select your insurance company (Optional)


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT. The time now is 11:25 AM.

Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright Planted Tank LLC 2012