Standed wiring using extention cord wire

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Standed wiring using extention cord wire

Postby slipperyd12 » Thu Nov 02, 2006 3:48 pm

Today I was in the hardware store looking for stranded wire. There was rolls of extention cord wire 12-3, 14-3, and 16-3. This is really flexable and should take more abuse than the tear drop should give. It is all orange. Has anyone tried this? Price wise it is a little bit cheaper. The small town I am in, it is easier to find than regular stranded wire. :thinking: Thanks John
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Postby madjack » Thu Nov 02, 2006 4:09 pm

we used the 12/3 for our 120vac wiring and 14/4 trailer cable(split in two) for our 12vdc...if it is cheaper and it works for you...use it...
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Postby asianflava » Thu Nov 02, 2006 9:25 pm

I used extension cord for my AC power. Works fine for me, the only drawback if that it is a little large due to the jacket.
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Postby jplock » Thu Nov 02, 2006 10:36 pm

I used the orange extension cords 14-3 on my 110VAC, and is protected by a 15 Amp circuit breaker. on the 12VDC 14 Gauge flat trailer wire was used. On the Battery cables 10 Gauge stranded wire was used protected by a 40 amp breaker. Also I noticed the extension cord wiring was little big with the jacket also.
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Postby Nitetimes » Thu Nov 02, 2006 11:38 pm

Here's another vote for "use it". No good reason you can't.

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Postby jay » Fri Nov 03, 2006 4:31 am

i think #10 should be protected with 30 amp
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Postby Melvin » Sat Nov 04, 2006 8:57 pm

I've been doing this for years, but I splurge on all weather cord that stays flexible down to -20/40. I figure it's actually better than automotive wire because you've got two layers of insulation.

Plus I buy 50 or 100 footers. Then when I cut off the male plug end I leave 6-15' of cord attached. The male plug with that much cord is perfect for fixing the power cords on power tools like drills and saws.
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