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December 28th, 2004

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10:08 pm - More power !
So, how many dodgy arrangements of powerboards and things do you have in your house ?
I did a quick count around our flat, and we have the following :

Room Outlets Things plugged in
Hallway 2 0
Kitchen 7 3
Main bedroom 6 2
Second bedroom (computer room, really) 6 7
Lounge 7 18
Totals : 28 29

The lounge has 3 4-outlet powerboards, plus a 5-outlet board with Australian outlets rather than UK ones, for some "legacy" items we brought over. There are also some double- and triple-adaptors. It's a wonder the whole place hasn't gone up in smoke.

The computer room is fairly restrained, for us. This is possibly because the printer and scanner are still in the lounge (printer is there because the router is there, and the router is there because that's the only place it can connect to the cable outlet; scanner is there because there's no useful flat surface in the computer room for it yet), and rwrylsin's Mac only needs one powerpoint (her laptop needs another for its charger).

Oddly, neither the bathroom nor showerroom have any useful outlets (the showerroom has a two-pin shaver outlet, but my shaver has a standard Australian plug, and I haven't seen an adaptor that goes to two-pin from Aus. plug.). I can't recall the last time I saw an Australian bathroom without a normal power outlet. I assume there's some UK (or EU) regulation which says "you can't have a proper outlet in a bathroom ('cos you might do something stupid and electrocute yourself)", but it still seems odd.
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Date:December 28th, 2004 02:39 pm (UTC)
As I understand it, there is/was (not sure) a UK building ordinance that didn't allow power points in bathrooms for exactly the reason you mentioned.

Of course this just meant lots of extension cords, which are much safer to have lying around.

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Date:December 28th, 2004 03:55 pm (UTC)
My house (2 level, three bed, two bath) has a total of 14 power points. We have 2 computers, a stereo and a couple of phone chargers hanging off the single point next to my leg at the moment.
The breakdown goes something like 14 outlets: 30+ things hanging off them at all times with a couple of spare points on power boards for extra things.

Gotta love cheap construction on rental properties.
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Date:December 29th, 2004 06:18 am (UTC)
We've got a number of unused power outlets in useless places, and all the usefully-placed outlets are over-used.

The powerboards here have either 2 or 3 sockets on them. Not only does it look wierd, but it means more daisy-chaining when you've got everything organised for 4-socket powerboards. ugh.

At least we have a socket in the bathroom. (It's one of the not-used ones :)
Date:December 29th, 2004 07:42 am (UTC)
I'll just list power boards shall I... they're pretty much all full.

A 6 outlet in the loungeroom.
The study has 2 x 6 outlet and 2 x 4 outlet.
A 4 outlet in the bedroom.

Each room only has a double outlet (except the kitchen, my parents got extras installed in there).
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Date:January 5th, 2005 05:07 am (UTC)
Hmmm. Is that all? I couldn't resist adding mine up, but it took a while, and a re-count. :-)

Room Outlets Things plugged in
Bathroom 1 3
Kitchen 2 3
Main bedroom 2 5
Second bedroom (computer room, really) 1 22
Lounge 2 12
Totals : 8 45

For a more complete breakdown (so to speak), second BR's single power outlet has a double adapter on it. One side leads to the UPS, which has 3 items directly connected, up to 7 on a 6-way power board, then a couple more on the end of an extension cable with a double adapter on the end. The other side leads to cascaded 6-way/6-way/4-way power boards.

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