Shop stuff #15: Extension upgrade

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Blog entry by JimDaddyO posted 11-25-2015 08:00 PM 1543 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I got the new extension cord run out to the shop today. I have about 2 more volts, so there is less loss to resistance than before. I can’t run much more than before, but I can do it safer now. I was leery of using the 3 lighter cords with the connections outdoors. It is not as good as the sub panel I plan on putting in, but it should get me through the winter.

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#1 posted 11-25-2015 08:18 PM

I think I would have just bought the Heavy Gauge Romex and used that instead of the extension cord , your going to have to use the Romex anyway when you install the sub panel.

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#2 posted 11-25-2015 08:33 PM

I got a good deal on this. It is regularly $150 cord and it was $85 off. I will be able to use it after the permanent wiring is done. It is rated for outdoors. The feed to the shop will be 6 gauge when done. Romex in 10 gauge would have been more money and not rated for outdoor use, and not very useful afterwards.

It is plugged into a 20A dedicated circuit.

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#3 posted 11-27-2015 05:35 AM

Jim, in order to get a proper voltage drop reading you have to have the circuit under full load.

Without a load the reading is of little use.

If it’s a 120 volt circuit you’ll find a ‘Kill-A-Watt’ meter really handy.

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#4 posted 11-27-2015 12:52 PM

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