Originally Posted by johnddx
Is this rig safe? How did you secure the inlet to the plate, just using those screws? It seems like it would be brittle. Normally sockets are secured to the steel junction box.
I assume you cut out the hole yourself?
Why make it a switched line?
I'm looking to build something similar so my UPS can protect the projector. This approach seems perfect, assuming I can do it safely.
I suspect the use case is similar to yours - my projector runs off a dedicated outlet with protected, filtered power coming from my UPS which is located at the other end of the room. Feeding this outlet inside the wall is obviously 14/2 Romex - which of course creates the problem - what's the safest way to feed that circuit with filtered power from the IEC cable coming out of a UPS?
They do make dedicated inlets like this for commercial use, but they are expensive and hard to find. Mine is located in an equipment closet away from prying hands and is basically a permanent installation, so I'm not concerned with high cycle durability.
With that said, I specifically used a nylon rather than hard plastic plate to reduce the brittleness and make it easier to cut the blank. The design of the IEC inlet spreads the forces quite well, and I have no apprehension about the safety of my setup. Finally, the line is switched because my UPS offers remote-controlled dedicated/delayed switching of each circuit individually (projector, amps, etc) so why not take advantage of an additional layer of control and redundancy.