This was originally posted on APC forums on 12/3/2012
UTS6H + EU2000.
House Circuits (named as well as I've been able to map them experimentally):
1) Kitchen: Refirgerater + TV Console + Lights
2) Garage: Refrigerator + Freezer (about 130w each)
3) LAN Closet (NAS box, assorted routers/switches, about 100w)
4) PC Work Station: 430w
5) Furnace Blower (500-700 watts? Haven't been able to measure yet)
- Garden Shed (motion-triggered floods which would be un-plugged, POE switch, couple of IP cameras)
- Garage Ceiling
- Rec Room Ceiling
- South wall of living room
- (Five other breakers that must feed something, but which I have no clue about yet)
Not knowing anything and in no danger of learning anything about this stuff, I am tempted to assign #'s 1-5 above each to it's own UTS6H circuit. (Don't worry, I'm not laying a finger on the wires.... a licensed electrician is doing it all)
That leaves the sixth UTS6H circuit.
The question arises: "Do I choose one of the remainders and assign it to the remaining UTS6H circuit - or do I just combine *all* of the remainders into that sixth circuit?
The second option is tempting bc I'm thinking that:
- I can lock out any recurring trouble-makers by manually flipping breakers in the breaker box until I get more generator capacity.
- The UTS6H's circuit fuse will bail me out if I transgress
- It seems to cover a host of low-wattage convenience items like the 30-watt bulb in the bedroom, the electric toothbrush and radio in the bathroom, the radio in the bedroom, various clocks in various rooms, and so-forth
So, bottom line: Is combining all those circuits into one UTS6H circuit feasible and, if so, advisible?
Do any of the abovementioned house circuits stand out as better or worse candidates for assignment to the required UTS6H circuits 5 & 6?
*Edit 2012 12-06 12:28*
I got to the bottom of the second option (combining multiple house circuits into one UTS6H circuit).
Sounds like it's not so simple.
If multiple circuits are combined, that means they will all go through the same breaker panel circuit breaker. e.g. if 3 circuits are combined, twocircuit breakers will become unused and all 3 wires will go through one breaker.
Usually breakers are 15 amps, so the question becomes how many amps the 3 combined circuits will pull.
At this point, I'm not sure if frying a wire is an issue - but it seems like there's the potential to blow a fuse in the UTS6H.
More information required....
Message was edited by: PeteCress
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