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#1 CShirey

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Posted 25 January 2010 - 12:42 PM

Hello,
I just moved into a new house a week ago and got let go from my job yesterday. The reason that I mention that is that I know the proper answer to this question (I believe :thumbsup: ) but I am unable financially to make the needed changes. I am not sure if I have the correct forum . . .

The current problem: I have two different rooms to choose from for my office. Each one has an electrical dilemma. Room #1 has ONE three prong adapter outlet in which I could plug two surge protectors covering most of my computer equipment.

Room #2 has THREE outlets of the old style two prong kind; I could plug in adapters in each (just two would be necessary, I think) and plug the surge protectors into the adapters.

Whatever solution I use is only until I can convert the standard outlets into three prong grounded outlets.

Which solution is better and why?

Thank you for your time. I have lots of things to do on my computer and setting up my office is my priority but keeping my equipment safe is the most important. However, the lack of $$ is a big issue at this time.

Thank you, as always!

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Posted 25 January 2010 - 03:22 PM

You should be just fine plugged into the two prong as your surge protectors will protect your equipment, I ran like that for 4-5 years in my old house with no issues.

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Posted 25 January 2010 - 03:38 PM

Room #2 makes more sense.
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Posted 25 January 2010 - 07:51 PM

Thank you both very, very much! I just didn't want to make an obvious mistake. My equipment is of great importance to me especially with money tight there is no room for replacement!

You are the greatest!

Off to set up my office!

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Posted 25 January 2010 - 10:56 PM

The current problem: I have two different rooms to choose from for my office. Each one has an electrical dilemma. Room #1 has ONE three prong adapter outlet in which I could plug two surge protectors covering most of my computer equipment.
Room #2 has THREE outlets of the old style two prong kind; I could plug in adapters in each (just two would be necessary, I think) and plug the surge protectors into the adapters.

The third prong is for human safety. Computer require that third prong for human safety. Or converting the receptacle to a GFCI type - also for human safety.

The protectors do not even claim to provide any protection - transistor or human. To make one effective, locate a three prong receptacle on the breaker box. Plug that protector strip there. Now that protector many have a connection to earth ground. A protector without earth ground does nothing useful.

Earth ground does not exist in either room. That third prong is only called safety ground (or equipment ground). Protection for you inside that computer does not work without the third prong - safety ground. Or install a GFCI receptacle to do protection that a computer cannot (without that safety ground).




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