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July 22, 2011, 07:03:18 PM
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I live in an old trailer with old bad wiring. The fuse box keeps tripping.  Would a UPS help me have a more steady power supply?

it would help with the symptoms, but you really need to get that wiring fixed before it starts a fire.
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July 22, 2011, 07:29:23 PM
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I live in an old trailer with old bad wiring. The fuse box keeps tripping.  Would a UPS help me have a more steady power supply?
No.  Less power usage would help.

Trust me, don't overdo it on a circuit breaker that keeps tripping.  I couldn't figure out why mine was tripping with just a 5.5amp A/C, single 5870 computer miner, and refrigerator on the circuit.  Way less than the 15 amps that the circuit was capable of.  It tripped three times over the course of 4 days.  Turns out, I had a bad plug that the A/C was plugged in to.  My wife was home, happened to go into the room that the A/C was in, and saw a flame shooting out of the plug.  It very well could have burned down our house if she wasn't in the right place at the right time.

If a circuit breaker is tripping, it is trying to tell you something.  Figure out what that something is.  You're drawing too much power, and that's due to either having too many devices on the circuit, or bad wiring/plugs causing too much resistance in the line.
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July 22, 2011, 08:04:19 PM
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I live in an old trailer with old bad wiring. The fuse box keeps tripping.  Would a UPS help me have a more steady power supply?

Yes, but it won't fix the problem, which is your old bad wiring. If you aren't planning to move out soon, then an electrician to fix the wiring is your best bet.

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July 22, 2011, 08:12:28 PM
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Wow this is all really starting to add up.  A hot trailer is NO place to mine BTC. Huh

I have a lot to think about this weekend.  I started out last month with just one card. Now I have 4 cards new power supply window A/C. 

I really don't want to give up.  This month has been a lot of fun learning about BTC.
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July 22, 2011, 08:26:00 PM
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Wow this is all really starting to add up.  A hot trailer is NO place to mine BTC. Huh

I have a lot to think about this weekend.  I started out last month with just one card. Now I have 4 cards new power supply window A/C. 

I really don't want to give up.  This month has been a lot of fun learning about BTC.
Yeah, you need to figure out a new place to put your miner.  You could definitely be heating up the wiring in your trailer by trying to draw too much current through it, and could definitely be at risk for starting a fire that originates in your trailer's walls.
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July 23, 2011, 05:32:21 PM
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OK so now I have removed all but the A/C and miner. It has not tripped for 12+ hrs.  The whole room is on a 15 amp circuit breaker. Could it be as easy as changing the 15 amp to a 20 amp?

Thanks for all your comments.
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July 23, 2011, 05:47:19 PM
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Thanks I am like 99.9 % sure it has copper wiring but will confirm tonight.

Edit:  It has not tripped since I remove all but the A/C and rig.
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July 23, 2011, 11:18:08 PM
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Do NOT change the circuit breaker for one with higher amperage!  The whole purpose of a circuit breaker is to ensure you aren't drawing more than 15 amps through the wiring, because it can't support it and could heat the wire up and start a fire.  If you increase the limit until the circuit breaker trips, you are bypassing the whole purpose of it.

Definitely sounds like you had too much on the circuit if it hasn't tripped since you removed everything else.  Does the trailer have more than one circuit you can use?  Or are you just not using some things now?
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July 24, 2011, 10:21:38 PM
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Again thanks for your concerns.

My landlord has agreed to have an electrician come out and try to "update" my bed room.  I guess he will have to run a new copper wire to my room on its own circuit?

I have to say I have really learned quite a bit about computers and electricity over the last month.
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July 26, 2011, 02:00:42 PM
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it depends on if you have 14 or 12 awg wire if its 12 just puling in  a 20 amp will fix it, it could be a bad beaker to as a beaker gets old it starts tripping at a lower amp draw, when hes going to do when he comes out is put an amp probe in your panel and see how amps your pulling on that circuit. as for all the hatting on aluminum wire its fine it wont start a fire any more then  cooper if its in good shape, the only thing that it does is you have to ues a larger gauge then you would whit copper to get the same amps
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