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Anonymous 06/18/14(Wed)14:03 UTC+1 No.654701 Report

hey guys,
can I build a plugboard myself ?
I don't know that much about electronics but I'd like to build one that looks nice for my living room.
can I just buy one and selvage all the electronic parts and actual connectors ?
Anonymous 06/18/14(Wed)14:07 UTC+1 No.654702 Report

How the hell can someone who does not know much about electrics expect to make a powerboard that’s neater/more professional looking than a store brought unit?

Am I being trolled?
Anonymous 06/18/14(Wed)14:19 UTC+1 No.654705 Report

Just remember when you're done to lick it to check if it works.
Anonymous 06/18/14(Wed)15:02 UTC+1 No.654716 Report

electrotecnician here

sure, it's just wires and sockets

you won't get it nice though, unless you have cnc machines and so on
Anonymous 06/18/14(Wed)15:03 UTC+1 No.654717 Report


I'm an Industrial Design , huge part of my job is making things look neat and appropriat to the circumstances.
As I don't find a normal plastic one that appropriate for a living situation (as in ,not cramed away under my desk) I was planing to make a new one.
maybe using a wooden casing and textile cord.
but I don't actually know whats inside those things.

maybe I'll just make a mock up and talk to an electrician
Anonymous 06/18/14(Wed)15:06 UTC+1 No.654719 Report

You sound like someone who needs to shop around and buy what you need in this case, because if you fuck up severely with line voltage you WILL start a fire and burn your house down. If you want to play with electricity start with low voltage first, preferably battery powered things. Also anyone who cares what their living room looks like is going to have the sense to hide such things anyway because most people find them to be ugly regardless of how 'pretty' you make them.
Anonymous 06/18/14(Wed)15:07 UTC+1 No.654720 Report

the sockets are switched paralel to each other
the switch switches the phase


if the case is metal, be shure to ground the case though
Anonymous 06/18/14(Wed)15:12 UTC+1 No.654722 Report


I actually belive there are a few people out there that don't want to hide stuff like that ,but would be much happier with an pleasant version you don't have to hide.
but actually that's not the point of the thread , I just want one for my self , I aprreciate you input though.

and thanks for the warning , guess I won't mess with electricity for now.
Anonymous 06/18/14(Wed)15:59 UTC+1 No.654738 Report

I like your way of thinking; as much as I love /diy/, sometimes people on here get a little aggressive if you want something a certain way for cosmetic reasons.
Also I agree with the wood and cloth cable idea. A slimline cut of Teak with grey cloth cable would look pretty cool as a powerboard. I'd keep the top completely flat (ie. no moulding around the sockets).
Anonymous 06/18/14(Wed)16:04 UTC+1 No.654739 Report

what is fire resistant material
Anonymous 06/18/14(Wed)16:08 UTC+1 No.654742 Report


thanks , I was actually think about ditching the moulding.
maybe we're on to something there
Anonymous 06/18/14(Wed)16:10 UTC+1 No.654744 Report

enjoy dying in a house fire
Anonymous 06/18/14(Wed)16:13 UTC+1 No.654746 Report

You're embarrassing yourself
Anonymous 06/18/14(Wed)17:16 UTC+1 No.654765 Report

>wooden casing and textile cord
Fire hazard.

Do as you will, but take this warning: If you cobble together something like that and it starts a fire, it'll be your fault.
Anonymous 06/18/14(Wed)17:25 UTC+1 No.654772 Report

enjoy living in the dark ages
with the new advancements in tree technology wood is fire resistant. a wooden case would work perfectly in a vacuumed environment.
Buy hi-tech wood vacuum your home wear
really what can possibly go wrong
Anonymous 06/19/14(Thu)16:41 UTC+1 No.655180 Report

No, it isn't.
Firstly, Cloth cable comes in a wide range of amp ratings, with 5-7 being the most common.
Secondly: Power sockets are rated to 10 amp, and won't produce large amounts of heat until around 8 amps. ie. they function exactly the same regardless of where they are housed.

Seriously, everyone saying this is a fire hazard needs to think before the go flaming (pun intended) these ideas. There is nothing unsafe about this, if wired correctly.
Anonymous 06/19/14(Thu)16:59 UTC+1 No.655191 Report

Remember, this guy is in Europe. They use 220 volts there. So double the amp rating he mentions and you will have the equivalent for places that use 110 volt systems. Take this into account before you start going off on his 7 amp this and 10 amp that.
Anonymous 06/19/14(Thu)17:22 UTC+1 No.655200 Report

I'm from Aus, we use the same. So those amp ratings are correct for that voltage
Anonymous 06/19/14(Thu)19:17 UTC+1 No.655234 Report

euro line voltage is 230 these days, and were goin up to 240 in the next 20 years. also max output from a socket in the netherlands atleast is 16 A
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