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Old 07-01-2012, 09:41 AM   #1
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Getting ready to start a hardwood floor stairway refinishing project and have discovered that using an extension cord with an edger is a non-no (as it is with other equipment). I'm working in an old house with mostly old wiring. The closest grounded outlet is a good 20-30 ft away. Advice?

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Get yourself a long enough heavy duty power extension cord. If your using some wimpy thing for plugging in a table lamp or such then no that won't work as it will not be rated for the power tools.

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You need one like this.
http://www.amazon.com/Yellow-Jacket-.../dp/B0009ON12G

Lowes and HD have them.

Spending money on the floors instead of up grading the wiring in the house? HMM.
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Yep---You need 12 gauge cords for any heavy draw tool.(or longer runs for medium draw tools)
!4 gauge is okay for a 25 foot shorty for drills and other light tools.
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If you have a Farm & Home store, go there and look. They will usually have heavier gage cords, than they will at Big Orange, or Lowe's. Of course, most of the times, when a professional company comes in, they will have a sub panel that the equipment will plug into.

And as for your panel, unless a electrician has inspected before hand, is the only way to know if it will be safe for the panel to handle that long of a continuous load.
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Thanks for the tips. Considering having an electrician wire in a new circuit anyway but sounds like I'm good if I get a 12 gauge extension cord.

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I have a 50' 12 3 and a 100' . Pricey but well worth it.

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