i want to make a power bar, mostly because the spacing on my nice home theatre bar is poor with all the clunky 12V transformers on it, but while i'm at it would like to add some timers for certain outputs, etc and split the bar so i can plug into another circuit to increase the usable outlets. i'm thinking i can do this for much cheaper than a commercial unit since i have a multitude of old power bars to raid for parts i guess my question is, is there any reason why i can't rip the surge protection PCB out of an old power strip and simply put into my DIY unit? is it a better idea to DIY the surge protection and/or put some sort of DIY conditioning in (i've never believed in "power conditioning", but while i'm in there....)? If that's the case, does anyone have any source on power conditioning DIY parts? thanks!