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tnt



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 06, 2010 7:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RayRay wrote:
tnt wrote:
You guys convinced me....we'll play acoustic and sing really loud.

I think the 10 g. cord would be the way to go. I'll scope things out later this week, see how close power is.


Just remember, the chain is only as strong as the weakest link...

10 Gauge drop cords (Extension cords) are GOOD...but the power source must be as capable.

If the wire in the wall is 14/2 and the breaker is rated at 15 amps, it may not be enough at 50FT for 10 GA.drops.
It could cause the wire in the wall to heat up and kick out the breaker because of the load draw at that distance.

500 HP HO motor in a '62 Falcon with stock trans and brakes would be a recipe for disaster.

I'm not trying to sabotage your gig, Embarassed I'm just trying to help you not make a costly mistake.
Check out what you've got before you need it. If you equipment puts more draw on the system than 15 AMPS then you need to do something else. Rolling Eyes


Thanks Ray.

Does it mean anything that when we practice, full band, full PA, in a barn, running all off one 15 amp breaker? Including the lights for the barn?

This outdoor gig would be less than half that gear.

Hopefully this weekend I'll make progress trying to see where I can get power and make a list of gear we'd use.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 07, 2010 8:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

tnt wrote:
RayRay wrote:
tnt wrote:
You guys convinced me....we'll play acoustic and sing really loud.

I think the 10 g. cord would be the way to go. I'll scope things out later this week, see how close power is.


Just remember, the chain is only as strong as the weakest link...

10 Gauge drop cords (Extension cords) are GOOD...but the power source must be as capable.

If the wire in the wall is 14/2 and the breaker is rated at 15 amps, it may not be enough at 50FT for 10 GA.drops.
It could cause the wire in the wall to heat up and kick out the breaker because of the load draw at that distance.

500 HP HO motor in a '62 Falcon with stock trans and brakes would be a recipe for disaster.

I'm not trying to sabotage your gig, Embarassed I'm just trying to help you not make a costly mistake.
Check out what you've got before you need it. If you equipment puts more draw on the system than 15 AMPS then you need to do something else. Rolling Eyes


Thanks Ray.

Does it mean anything that when we practice, full band, full PA, in a barn, running all off one 15 amp breaker? Including the lights for the barn?

This outdoor gig would be less than half that gear.

Hopefully this weekend I'll make progress trying to see where I can get power and make a list of gear we'd use.


Of course it matters, if your source (Outlet) to use distance is equal to that of the barn scenario, OR is 50' or less with 10 GA.... you should be just fine. Wink
But don't assume anything, total up the combined wattage, do the math for your AMP draw and compare it with the source breaker to be safe.
Also, it you KNOW what the number is, you'll know what you need when you go elsewhere in the future. Wink
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