[rescue] SGI goodies anyone?

Rick Hamell hamellr at gmail.com
Sat Oct 16 02:12:18 CDT 2010

On 10/15/10 11:55 PM, Jeff Cole wrote:
> On 10/15/2010 8:27 PM, Robert Darlington wrote:
>> Every home in North America (with I'm sure a small handfull of
>> exceptions)
>> is wired for 240 volts at 50 amps or greater.
> Pretty sure my place falls into the exception category. Built in 1932 or
> so. I do wonder if it didn't have electricity when built. There's a lamp
> in the dining room that was very obviously a gas lamp converted to
> electric later on.
> I'll have to take some pictures of the original electrical panel. It's
> very old. Over the years, it's been added onto. There's an older fuse
> box with the screw in fuses, a modern fuse box, and a separate circuit
> for the dryer.
> Save for the bathroom and the kitchen, the whole house is 2 prong
> outlets. I'm looking into getting a couple 3 prong outlets installed
> around the house just for the sake of convenience and safety.

Check that those are grounded. You can get a little tool to test that 
for under $10 at any hardware store.

I used to live in a house that was the exact same way, but none of the 
power was actually grounded, it was "grounded" to the back of the plug. 
I lost a bit of hardware due to a storm, back when UPS were expensive 
and the not practical for the number of machines I had on hand.

Rick Hamell

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