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Old 07-24-2007, 10:16 AM   #1
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I was wondering if I could just splice the new cord to the part of the ac cord that is not broke, ( was chewed off by my puppy, when not in use. I have another 3 prong cord, but forget how to determine the wires, I got green, and then the other 2 are not colored, but one has the grove going down the side, is that the Hot wire??? or Ground? any help would be great.

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Old 07-24-2007, 10:46 AM   #2
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No you cannot just splice the cords, you must replace or shorten the cord. The indentified (grooved) conductor is the neutral, the green is ground. If this is a 240V AC, the green is still ground, the other two are both hot.

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I took off the front of the AC and undid the pannel where the controls are and see where the cord is wired up to them, But can not fig out how to get to where the cord is connected to the motor, to replace it.
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If you are comfortable around electricity:

Match the conductors and wire sizes correctly, solder the (hook) splices, shrink the heat-shrink tubing with a candle and you're done.

I use this method to lengthen cords on electric drills, chop saws, table saws, whatnot.

Cords have a string inside to resist failure due to tensile loads (yanking) so this method compromises that strength to some extent. Also, for exterior-use extension cords, the water resistance is compromised.

For me, whatever risk there is is worth the benefit.
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If you are comfortable around electricity:

Match the conductors and wire sizes correctly, solder the (hook) splices, shrink the heat-shrink tubing with a candle and you're done.

I use this method to lengthen cords on electric drills, chop saws, table saws, whatnot.

Cords have a string inside to resist failure due to tensile loads (yanking) so this method compromises that strength to some extent. Also, for exterior-use extension cords, the water resistance is compromised.

For me, whatever risk there is is worth the benefit.
It also makes the cord non compliant. Not UL listed anymore too. Never splice a cord, especially for an appliance.
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Old 07-13-2008, 09:58 AM   #6
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I should mention that I had no respect for table saws, either, until my left hand got into a fight with the blade.

It was a close match, for the first millisecond or so. . .

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