Have you ever tripped over a power strip in your living room or room? As we use more and more gadgets, the wall plugs are no longer enough. Usually, we buy power strips as a supplement. But the more power strips you access, the more power cords that spread across your floor. This is a very big safety hazard, and if we neatly list the power cords on the back of the furniture. bang! you will get a pleasing living environment. So let's take a look at how to install power strips on the wall.
Understanding what a power strip is
I'm sure we all know the function of a power strip. Everyone has a shortage of wall outlets. The power strip is born in this situation. But power strips are also divided into different types, such as ordinary power strips and surge protector power strips. Don't think that just because a power strip works, a $30 power strip may save your house on a thunderstorm! So before you install a power strip on your wall, you first need to understand the difference between the two. You can make your choice by reading another article "Why you need a safety power strip?"
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The number of outlets: My advice is to just choose the ones that meet your needs and not to go for too many. You can imagine your usage scenario and how many devices you need to access. Add 1-2 on top of that just in case.
Cord Length: Cord length is a very critical factor. If you just want to install it next to an outlet, then you can buy a power strip without wires. If not, forget those parameters! The thicker the power cord, the better! The longer the length of the cord, the better! But if your power strip doesn't come with a cord winder like the CRST 10TS, it's better to choose an appropriate length.
Safety: Every year there are thousands of fires caused by power strips. Often, an overload surge breaks through the power strip's circuit board. Then the fragile plastic burns everything around it with the fire. That's why I don't recommend buying glass that costs around $10. For $30-$40 you can get a heavy-duty power strip made of metal that lasts an average of 2-3 years. Then you can buy an appliance insurance for only 2 cents a day. I think it is very cost effective. It's not wise to bargain when it comes to safety.
So a heavy duty power strip with surge protector would be your best bet. Sturdy metal case, 14AWG wire. And a variety of certifications. And of course more power than a regular power strip.
Now that we know how to choose a power strip, we also need to know how to mount it to the wall.
Have paper, pen, screws, and tape ready along with your heavy duty power strip.
Step 1 - Peel off a piece of masking tape and place it on the bottom of the power strip.
Step 2 - Take your pencil and mark the masking tape. On the back of your power strip there are holes for mounting. Trace these holes on your masking tape, remove the tape, and place it on the wall in the desired area.
Step 3 - Take out your drill bit and screws. You can now start drilling the screws where the holes were marked on the masking tape.
Step 4 - Remove the masking tape. The screws should be in place without the masking tape.
Step 5 - Mount your power board to the wall. The screws should be able to fit through the holes to hold your power strip in place.
If you think the text is too hard, you can watch this video. Thehandyandy from YouTube does a good job of talking about how to mount a power strip.
Next thing you know, you're ready to brag to your friends about your expert-like skills!