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didibobi 05-29-2008 09:46 AM

Extra long extension cord
Hi all,
I just joined, because I have a pressing question I need to have anwered in a hurry.
I have a vacation house built entirely out of cinder blocks(looks better than it sounds). In the living room one entire wall has absolutely no outlets and so I thought I could make my own extension cord. It needs to be about 30-40 feet long, so I can attach it around the wall to the other side of the room. Now the big question: Is this safe or is it a fire hazard?
What size wire should I use?
All input is appreciated.

Termite 05-29-2008 10:29 AM

An extension cord isn't listed to be installed in a residence, therefore I wouldn't suggest it. Using it in a residence (loose on the floor) would be an acceptable use, but that doesn't make it a fixture of the house like attaching it to the walls does.

My suggestion would be to use wire mould or conduit to install receptacles as needed in the living room, with appropriate wiring methods. Wire mould could be inconspicuously installed along the bottom of the wall and wouldn't stand out too much. 12 or 14 gauge wire could be used depending on the breaker size on that particular circuit has and what you'll be plugging into the receptacles. For lights and TV/stereo, 15 amps and a 14 gauge wire is the smallest code allows.

The code doesn't allow NM romex or other wire to be installed on the face of a wall, where it is subject to physical damage. It must be protected in some sort of approved conduit.

jogr 05-29-2008 10:30 AM

Well, you can buy a 50' extension cord for temporary use but if you attach it to the wall then you are wiring your house with noncompliant wiring and violating code. IMHO you should go ahead and wire it permanently according to code for your area. Code requires outlets every 12' so that extension cords should not be needed as they are less safe than permanent wiring.

For a permanent installation the best option might be to use a baseboard style raceway if running wire through the wall is not practical.

EDIT:LOL termite types faster than I do and beat me by a minute.

didibobi 05-29-2008 10:58 AM

Thanks guys,
You've given me what I needed to know!

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