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Old 10-14-2009, 09:05 AM   #1
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Hi all,

Just a little intro: I am a howeowner in Montreal CA and like to do DIY projects provided they are reasonable. I have used this site before for a floor problem and found it very helpful - last year.

My question this time is regarding an electrical appliance.

I bought an electric outdoor heater. It's rated at 13A with a max 1500 watts. However, every time I plug it in I see a spark in the outlet. It is not fitted with a switch (which is backwards IMO - made in China), so every time it's plugged in it draws the full 1500W (or more I assume).

My question is this: is there an interrupter I can get for it so as to create a gradual draw when I turn it on.

FYI: instructions on package say it can be plugged into a regular 120v outlet. I have been plugging it into a dedicated outlet (on its own breaker) without anything else on the same and stll I see that spark.

Once its on, its fine, but I hate seeing that spark when I plug it in; it once even tripped the breaker.

Thanking all in advance for any feedback.



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Old 10-14-2009, 09:13 AM   #2
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you could maybe buy an in-line switch for the cord? (get heavy-duty)

the spark is inevitable with no power switch.... it's weird they'd make it that way.



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