[ale] OT: Running computers in an older home (read older circuitry)

Adrin haswes at mindspring.com
Tue Feb 24 23:20:50 EST 2004

Better late than never?

Best thing to do is to get an electrician to at least look things over. Chances are you
will notice the lights dimming once you have TVs, Computers etc etc.. all hooked up.  Look
at it this way.  You can get RJ45 in every room  at the same time.

p.s. That coming form someone that has not redone the phone wiring in his own house.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: ale-bounces at ale.org [mailto:ale-bounces at ale.org]On Behalf Of John
> Wells
> Sent: Thursday, February 19, 2004 11:36 AM
> To: ale at ale.org
> Subject: [ale] OT: Running computers in an older home (read older
> circuitry)
> Importance: High
> Guys,
> My wife and I have found a house here in Greensboro we really like, but I have
> a few concerns.  The house is approx. 54 years old, with an addition on the
> back that's approx. 15-20 years old.  The addition has grounded, three prong
> outlets, but the front portion of the house, where my "office" would be, have
> the older two pronged, non-grounded outlets.
> On a given day, I run a 120 mhz firewall/router, a 900 mhz Athlon, a 2200XP+
> Athlon (1800mhz) with a lot of components, and a 2.0 Ghz laptop pretty much 24/7.
> What are the concerns with going into a house like this with my power usage?  I
> do know that it's on a circuit breaker system...not fuse box.  And I plan on
> having an electrician come in a replace one outlet with a grounded, dedicated
> circuit so my computers will all plug into this outlet.
> Anything I'm missing or not considering?  I've never purchased a home with old
> wiring so I'm a little wary, but we're probably putting an offer in today.  I
> know that grounding all outlets in the house will probably be pretty darned
> expensive, so if I don't have to, I don't want to!
> Let me know asap if you have any comments/suggestions.  Thanks guys!
> John
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