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Old 09-07-2010, 07:33 PM   #1
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I just purchased and hung a new samsung flat screen tv. The power cord does not reach the nearest outlet. The power cord is labeled 10A 125V.
I need to know what extention cord size is safe to use. Any help will be appreciated.

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do you want an answer that works or one that is legal?


legally, extension cords are not to be used for permanent installations.

what will work is just about any extension cord. Most are rated for at least 15 amps. Check on the packaging.

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Is it possible for you to install a new outlet from below or above
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Installing a new receptacle would be my choice.
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do you want an answer that works or one that is legal?


legally, extension cords are not to be used for permanent installations.
But legally he could cut the plug and solder on an extension, heat shrink the two wires, and then heat shrink over the complete splice.
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But legally he could cut the plug and solder on an extension, heat shrink the two wires, and then heat shrink over the complete splice.
Doing so would remove the UL listing from the television.

I would not advise this to be done.
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Doing so would remove the UL listing from the television.

I would not advise this to be done.
So technically, when the cord or plug goes bad on my wife's $300 mixer, the mixer has to be thrown away.
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So technically, when the cord or plug goes bad on my wife's $300 mixer, the mixer has to be thrown away.
No, the cord should be replaced with a proper cord, not some cobbled up Frankencord.

Plugs can be replaced because the plug can be replaced with a UL listed replacement plug.
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legally, extension cords are not to be used for permanent installations.
Legally ?
I can't recall ever seeing an extension cord marked for Temp use only
If its the law shouldn't they be marked that way ?
I've been living here 7 years & I have either surge protectors or extension cords plugged into every outlet I use
Lamps etc used to always have 6' power cords
Now they are just short enough to make the 6' rule "obsolete"

While its in the NEC (90 day temp use - geared towards Holiday lighting ?) I think its something that they can't possibly regulate
Of course I unplug mine every 89 days to stay legal
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Legally ?
I can't recall ever seeing an extension cord marked for Temp use only
If its the law shouldn't they be marked that way ?
I've been living here 7 years & I have either surge protectors or extension cords plugged into every outlet I use
Lamps etc used to always have 6' power cords
Now they are just short enough to make the 6' rule "obsolete"

While its in the NEC (90 day temp use) I think its something that they can't possibly regulate
Of course I unplug mine every 89 days to stay legal


the NEC doesn't regulate anything. It is simply a book full of suggested rules.
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the NEC doesn't regulate anything. It is simply a book full of suggested rules.
It's certainly full of something!
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Interesting...looking into this it appears that surge protectors are not the same as extension cords
So those are Ok....
I have mostly surges in use....but a few extension cords

My comment RE "legally".....
Is if its "illegal" to use them for periods beyond 90 days then its a law
not a suggested rule...
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So technically, when the cord or plug goes bad on my wife's $300 mixer, the mixer has to be thrown away.
No, you would replace the damaged part with an approved replacement part.
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My comment RE "legally".....
Is if its "illegal" to use them for periods beyond 90 days then its a law
not a suggested rule...
my point was that the NEC does not require anything. The building department, fire department, AHJ's, whatever require things. They generally require what is listed in the NEC but the NEC itself does not require anything.

It is when those with the authority require you to follow the suggestions in the NEC they become law.

so, it's not the NEC that regulates but the AHJ and the AHJ that makes the suggestion into law.

semantics.

but yes, there are rules that, when enforced by those with the authority, do not allow the use of extension cords for a permanent installation. As you stated, surge suppressors or even power strips are allowed. Extension cords can easily become fire hazards when they are installed in a manner they are walked over or run over with anything.
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How much longer are we talking here? You can get a longer cord from http://www.monoprice.com/products/su...02&cp_id=10228. Do not go too long, or else the set may not work properly.

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