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Old 11-18-2009, 10:37 AM   #1
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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?

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Thanks for any help.


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Old 11-18-2009, 10:57 AM   #2
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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.


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Thanks a lot.

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