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    Temporary Power Taps-Surge Protectors

    The power strips that are used for surge protection are labeled Temporary Power Taps. Can they be used in a permanent application or are they considered a temporary wiring and after 90 days would have to be removed? I could not find anything in NEC on this. Are they extension cords?

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    Re: Temporary Power Taps-Surge Protectors

    Per UL, they are not an extension cord. They call these relocatable power taps. They cannot be permanently installed by securing them to the structure or building surface, however they can be used permantently if just laying on the floor or surface of the work area.

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    Re: Temporary Power Taps-Surge Protectors

    And where is this in NEC? or is this UL?

    [ November 02, 2005, 10:04 AM: Message edited by: muskiedog ]

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    Re: Temporary Power Taps-Surge Protectors

    This is per UL, click on the link in my first post. The NEC does not have much to say about these devices.
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    Re: Temporary Power Taps-Surge Protectors

    Thanks. I now know more than I want to know.

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    Re: Temporary Power Taps-Surge Protectors

    Okay, now is there a limit on how many can be connected to the wall outlet? one or two. I would assume that two would be fine as long as we are not applying more amps then it was designed to handle.

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    Re: Temporary Power Taps-Surge Protectors

    I think it is ironic that it is not considered acceptable to install them in a permanent manner yet many of them come with mounting ears for just that purpose.
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    Re: Temporary Power Taps-Surge Protectors

    I think it is ironic that it is not considered acceptable to install them in a permanent manner yet many of them come with mounting ears for just that purpose.
    I agree Bob. It's also ironic that you can not plug one into another. Looking under my desk right now I see over 30 things plugged in to various receptacles and power strips. And they're all on the same circuit.
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    Re: Temporary Power Taps-Surge Protectors

    Bob,

    All of the strips I have seen have "keyhole" type mounting provisions which allows them to be removed without tools. Since no tools are required I do not consider them as permanently mounted.
    Just because you can, doesn't mean you should.

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