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Old 11-04-2016, 10:58 AM   #1
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220 volt, 30 amp extension cord


Plan on relocating clothes dryer to top of clothes washer. Unfortunately the dryer electrical cord is 24 inch. too short to reach the existing wall outlet. I can either add a new wall outlet where it is needed ( this would require running a wire back some 50 ft. to the main electrical panel,) use the existing wall outlet as a 'J' box and add a new outlet close by or use a suitable extension cord. Note that the existing box cannot be moved.
Is it permissible to use an 'approved'? extension cord for this purpose?
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Extension cords are for temp use.
Change the dryer cord. Walmart website shows 4 and 6 foot versions.
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Or use the existing as a junctionbox and run a new piece of 10/3 to a new outlet.

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Joed's solution would be the easiest and cleanest.

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You're in luck... the NEC restricts that new appliance wire to six feet.... but the internet still sells longer lengths.
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You're in luck... the NEC restricts that new appliance wire to six feet.... but the internet still sells longer lengths.
I didn't think the NEC ruled on appliances and other peripherals - I thought that was up to UL (CEC and CSA in Canada). By putting a longer cord on it, I suppose the dryer would loose its UL 'certification' and probably negate any warranty, but as long as it's done with the properly sized cable, secure attachment to the appliance, etc. it shouldn't be a problem. I've done it with a couple of my floor tools.
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If the cord was a listed replacement cord for that application, probably not. "the original got damaged."

Home owners can get away with murder around here....

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I didn't think the NEC ruled on appliances and other peripherals - I thought that was up to UL (CEC and CSA in Canada). By putting a longer cord on it, I suppose the dryer would loose its UL 'certification' and probably negate any warranty, but as long as it's done with the properly sized cable, secure attachment to the appliance, etc. it shouldn't be a problem. I've done it with a couple of my floor tools.
Good point... maybe... I do know you can't buy them at the local vendors... really did not know wheather NEC or UL was at play....

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Thanks for all comments. Will change dryer cord with a longer one, 6ft, and I wil then know I have done it correctly and safely...Thanks again.
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