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Old 07-16-2018, 01:35 PM   #1
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Isn’t it safe to run an extension cord through PVC pipe?


My son’s room only has 1 outlet. He needs power to the other side of the room where his night stand is. If we run the cord along the bottom of the wall it will have to cross a doorway. Our idea is to run an extension cord through PVC pipe so it is hidden. The pipe will go up the wall, around the room, and down the opposite wall with the pipe attached to the wall and ceiling as we go. Is this safe? Or is there a fire risk having an extension cord in a PVC pipe? The pipe will not be inside the wall, it will all be exposed.
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Re: Isn’t it safe to run an extension cord through PVC pipe?


How about just using just 16 gauge or 14 gauge electric house wire and attach a plug and a receptacle on each end. Use a padded u nail or cable holder. to attach to wall. A 14 gauge extension cord running into an electrical outlet strip would work too.
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Re: Isnít it safe to run an extension cord through PVC pipe?


Interesting conundrum.....

If a permenent installation, you can not use appliance/lamp cord extension...

And the very protection you are using to protect and keep the extension chord safe, seems to make it a permenent installation.?????

IDK....

Let's see what the pro's on NEC code say.
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What is on the other side of the wall needing power, is there an outlet on the backside of that wall?
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What is no the other side of the wall needing power, is there an outlet on the backside of that wall?
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Possibly (if there is a recep on other side) the easiest and correct and safeest way....
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I too agree w Neal, but I would be careful asking a person to cut into the wall to install a receptacle [and no offense to the OP] if they asked to enclose an extension cord in a pvc conduit and attach to the wall [if so, at least make it grey conduit].


I'm not trying to judge anyone and what OP stated is a practical and trying to make it a safe solution, but I would ask if the house is rented or owned. If rented, they might want to look at their lease exclusions.


How about moving the bed and nightstand to the part of the room where the outlet is located, or close enough that you can run/hid the extension cord behind the bed?

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Thanks for all the responses!

His bedroom is in the corner of the house. Two walls are exterior, one shares with the basement staircase and the last wall (with outlet) shares with a bathroom. This wall is broken up by two doors (bathroom and closet) so it’s not practical to move his bed and nightstand there. We tried! We rent so we can’t do any electrical work and we’re not comfortable with it anyway. We’re looking for a solution that won’t involve cutting into walls. Patching a few screw holes from pipe straps seems an easy solution. Plus my son liked the idea of having pipes in the corners and around the ceiling (think Mario Bros.). We could just tape the extension cord to the floor and run it acros the middle of the room under the area rug, but it seems like a trip hazard.
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Re: Isn’t it safe to run an extension cord through PVC pipe?


none of the info in this post so far is correct except post #4. Extension cords are for temporary use not permanent.
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+1 on this option...,you would just have to make sure the cord is either long enough and/or would allow for a plug in the middle. Running a cord under an area rug would work well too and a non trip hazard. But, the cord must be 100% nick free....


since you're renting, you can take both an area rug and extension cord w you...Neal's idea is pretty cost-effective too - good luck...It's also good to know you are really watching out for your son's safety...
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How about just using just 16 gauge or 14 gauge electric house wire and attach a plug and a receptacle on each end. Use a padded u nail or cable holder. to attach to wall. A 14 gauge extension cord running into an electrical outlet strip would work too.
Please don't give advice like this. It is not even close to code compliant .
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We could just tape the extension cord to the floor and run it acros the middle of the room under the area rug, but it seems like a trip hazard.
Taping a cord to the floor might help prevent tripping, but it does not protect the cord.

A far better method to run a cord on the floor would be something like this.
https://www.homedepot.com/p/UT-Wire-...-203377710-_-N

Iím not necessarily promoting the floor route, just suggesting a far better method if you select that route.
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An extension cord under a rug or carpet is asking for a fire. The cord can become damaged and you will never see the damage and hazard until the fire breaks out or they pull the remnants from the ashes looking for the cause of the fire.
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