Date: Thu Feb 22 17:33:13 2007

Author: LeRoy Frahm

Subject: Re: Extension cords and the Fire Marshal


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This has worked for me too. A long good quality cord installed
on a quality outlet strip. Funny thing here is, no extension cords,
but if you
plug it into an outlet strip, its okay! No matter how long the cord
is! You got to just smile.
Everything comes down to knowing how the system works and then
just work within the system.
All the Best,
LeRoy Frahm

On Feb 22, 2007, at 2:24 PM, Andrew Yue wrote:

> Cliff,
> Take one each UL approved extension cable and have your
> electronics shop wire one each circuit breaker type power strip
> onto the female end of the extension cable.
> The circuit breaker guarantees that you won't exceed 15 amps for
> that extension cord.
> This works here at UT Austin for the State Fire Marshall's inspection.
>> 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).
>> 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
> --
> Cordially,
> Andrew Yue
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