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mopowers 11-18-2009 10:37 AM

Which gauge power cord?
 
I just recently bought this air compressor. I plan on putting it about 12' away from where my 220v outlet is. What size cord should I install on it? The circuit break size will be 30 amps.

Will 12 gauge work, or do I need 10 gauge?

http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?actio...esc&lpage=none

Thanks for any help.

http://images.lowes.com/product/conv...64103637md.jpg

Grimlock 11-18-2009 10:57 AM

Use #10 to be safe although I am seeing a load of 15amps. You might be ok with #12 since it is a cord connected appliance. Max load for a #12 cord is 16amps. There will be an in rush when the motor starts.

mopowers 11-18-2009 08:57 PM

Thanks a lot.

Now, does anyone know where I can get 20' of 10-3 power cord?

Scuba_Dave 11-18-2009 09:04 PM

For the price of a #10 extension cord I think I'd just add on to the existing circuit with another 240v outlet where you want it

spark plug 11-18-2009 09:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mopowers (Post 355026)
Thanks a lot.

Now, does anyone know where I can get 20' of 10-3 power cord?

Yes. Buy # 10-3 SJ wire + the 2 appropriate heads (or tails) at the Electrical Supply store or at the Home Center.
ps.: If you have a hard time putting it together, I'll come over and do it for you. (Please don't take me up on the offer...):yes::no:


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