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post #1 of 10 Old 02-19-2008, 09:57 AM Thread Starter
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Extension Cord is getting hot

Extension cord I run across my yard to plug my van in is getting hot at the point where it plugs into the wall. I am not sure if this is normal or could I have some kinda wiring issue in the van. I also have 1 other thing plugged into the socket and it doe not get hot nor does the outlet itself. Any help would be great.
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I would think you need to go to a bigger gauge of wire.

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would definitly use a good extension cord 12/3

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I would think you need to go to a bigger gauge of wire.
When I first plugged mine in the cord used to get hot. I went to a heavy cord (12) and now no problems.

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Ditto... Get a heavier cord before you burn your house and, or, truck down.

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bigger cord.

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Ditto to what everybody said about a heavier cord. You can get a good quality heavy duty cord at an electrical supply store. Mine has an LED in the female plug so I can look outside and make sure that the heater is getting current as sometimes heavy rain/snow have tripped my GFI. Tucking the plug under your bumper will help to avoid this if parked outside.








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I would think you need to go to a bigger gauge of wire.
That def sounds like the problem,go large.should solve the problem.
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Cool I will get a new cord asap. This is the cord I use to run my lawn mower and stuff it is a good cord but I do not think it is 12 gauge.

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Cool I will get a new cord asap. This is the cord I use to run my lawn mower and stuff it is a good cord but I do not think it is 12 gauge.
yeah, i have a 12 gauge. i shoot clay pigeons with it.


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