Date: Thu Feb 22 15:09:22 2007

Author: Cliff Bettis

Subject: Extension cords and the Fire Marshal

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I wonder if any of you have run into this: I just was inspected for =
safety and got written up for my extension cords. I have (actually, used =
to have) cords that were made up by my shop. They were made of the =
heaviest duty cable and componebts I could reasonably use and terminated =
in four outlet metal boxes. The inspector says all extension cords shall =
be UL approved with a manufacturers label on them. My problem is for =
classroom use I need things that aren't readily available, heavy-duty =
custom lengths (too short is a tripping hazzard, and too long means you =
have to coil them up which is also against the code; and obviously you =
don't plug one into another) to suit the rooms (usually things like =
projectors, laptops and various power supplies, some over 1000 W).=20

So I am waiting for my shop to sort out what's commercially available =
and hoping I can find something suitable. They won't even let us buy =
long ones and shorten them. I have been using these things for several =
decades and this has just come up.

Cliff
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I wonder if any of you have run into =
this: I just=20
was inspected for safety and got written up for my extension cords. I =
have=20
(actually, used to have) cords that were made up by my shop. They were =
made of=20
the heaviest duty cable and componebts I could reasonably use and =
terminated in=20
four outlet metal boxes. The inspector says all extension cords shall be =
UL=20
approved with a manufacturers label on them. My problem is for classroom =
use I=20
need things that aren't readily available, heavy-duty custom lengths =
(too short=20
is a tripping hazzard, and too long means you have to coil them up which =
is also=20
against the code; and obviously you don't plug one into another) to suit =
the=20
rooms (usually things like projectors, laptops and various power =
supplies, some=20
over 1000 W).

So I am waiting for my shop to sort out =
what's=20
commercially available and hoping I can find something suitable. They =
won't even=20
let us buy long ones and shorten them. I have been using these things =
for=20
several decades and this has just come up.

Cliff

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