DPST switches

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by rcolucci2, Jul 22, 2009.

  1. rcolucci2

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    This is a lame question but can i use a dpst switch sort of like a shut off for all devices downline?
     
  2. beenthere

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    Probably. What is the application?
     
  3. rcolucci2

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    I'M SETTING UP A REMOTE WORKSHOP AND WOULD LIKE TO USE ONE SWITCH TO KILL THE POWER TO THE WORK AREA AND LIGHTING FIXTURES WHEN I'M GOING OUT THE DOOR.NOTHING HEAVY IN THE SHOP...MAX DRAW 3 TO 8 AMPS TOTAL.I DIDN'T WANT TO GET INTO THE EXPENSE OF A SEPARATE PANEL WITH BREAKERS.:confused:
    THANKS
     
  4. beenthere

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    Get a big toggle switch rated for 15 amps and mount it in a closed grounded metallic box.
     
  5. jpanhalt

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    Putting lights and tools on the same master switch at the door does not strike me as a very safe thing to do; although, technically it can be done.

    I would put the lights on a separate switch. That way, you will always be certain of being able to see what is in the shop before energizing the tools.

    As just one simple scenario, assume someone went into the shop during the daytime without turning on the master switch. Perhaps they moved some things around and unintentionally turned on a power tool. You might get quite a surprise when you suddenly energized everything in the dark.

    John
     
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