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sil 10-16-2007 06:29 PM

safe way to add extension to power cord
 
My 50inch plasma is mounted above the fireplace. The power cord (connects from the back of the plasma to the monster surge) is 6.6 feet long. The manual suggests that I don't use any other power cord except for the one that came with my Pioneer Plasma.
The problem is that the power cord comes out only 3 inches from the wall. I have to push my monster surge protector almost against the wall and all the other cords for AVs are packed behind the wall.

I need to extend the power cord just a little bit more.

Is it safe to add a very short extension cord (about a foot if they have it) to the end of the power cord so I don't have to have my monster surge right up against the wall?

If it is not safe or recommended for the above, would it be safe to plug the cord onto a slim power surge and rest it on the cabinet glass instead of the floor?

Or should I forget the precaution from Pioneer electronics and look for a 7 foot power cord for my plasma?

Andy in ATL 10-16-2007 06:33 PM

I would be careful about voiding the warranty on by new TV! I know what I would do.... but i'm a crazy electrician who could care less about warranties and stuff so I'm going to digress to other on this site.

sil 10-16-2007 07:27 PM

The plasma is 4 years old. My warranty has already expired. From what I have googled, it seems like an extension cord would be best but I can't find a good and short one. Help

Andy in ATL 10-16-2007 07:58 PM

This is STRICTLY my opinion only, But any 14 awg cord should do.

NateHanson 10-17-2007 06:45 AM

I've bought 1' extension cords on line before. But I don't know where.

sil 10-17-2007 06:27 PM

I called Pioneer about the power cord which came with the plasma. Technician said it is 16 gauge. Should I buy a short extension that is 16 guage too or should I get a better one which is 14?

J. V. 10-18-2007 12:27 PM

It does not matter. Just don't go smaller than #16

Stubbie 10-18-2007 09:58 PM

Any chance of getting cable ran to a surge suppression receptacle in the wall behind the plasma?


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