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Looking for a short extension cord

Old 05-25-2018, 01:39 PM
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I need a small 6' extension cord to plug in a 6K BTU window AC unit for an old lady across the street from me. I ran to HD today and only found 2, 1 was the regular dollar store looking type cord that said 16 gauge. The other had a beefed up casing but still only had 16 gauge wire. I didn't buy either.

First other then the casing is there any difference in the 2 mentioned above 1 was $2.47 the other $6.98.

2nd, what gauge should I be looking for as a minimum to run this unit non stop all summer long?

Anything over 8' will have a bunch of cord laying on the floor and be a waste, 6' is optimum.
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Old 05-25-2018, 01:47 PM
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Have an electrician make one
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Better yet, have that electrician install a proper outlet near the unit.
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make one, 12ga wire, heavy duty plugs
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C’mon guys, it is only a 5000 BTU air conditioner. OP, check the amp draw. If it a late model should only be about 6 amps and so a 16 gauge would suffice although I Myself would make a short one out of 14 romex.
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Home Depot/Lowes sell "appliance" 12-3 and 14-3 extension cords in 8-9 foot lengths for less than $10.
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Harbor Freight has a ton of very short extension cords of various gauge..

We use a bunch in the wintertime for heaters for our citrus...they work well and havent caused us any problems.
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If you cannot find a beefy 6ft, you can always use a surge strip with a 6' cord rated for 15 amps.
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I have started going to Ace as they actually have customer service. Bet they have one.
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Originally Posted by Onewolf View Post
Home Depot/Lowes sell "appliance" 12-3 and 14-3 extension cords in 8-9 foot lengths for less than $10.
OP, go,for this one, make an 8 inch circle with the extra cord and loosely ty wrap.
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Thanks, so no difference in a beefy looking cord and a standard looking one, check.

I'll pick up a 14 gauge tonight on my way home and plug it in for her tomorrow.
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12 gauge better safe than sorry ...
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Originally Posted by Tommysmicroskiff View Post
12 gauge better safe than sorry ...
The outlet is probably fed by 14/2
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General rule of thumb is to use a cord equal to or greater than the AWG of the appliance.
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