Indoor vs Outdoor Extension Cords

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Old 12-05-06, 01:39 PM
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Indoor vs Outdoor Extension Cords

I hung my Xmas lights and needed to use extensioncords to get to my outlets.

Then, yesterday at Walmart, I noticed extension cords that were sold as indoor, and some as outdoor.

I never knew there was a difference.

What is the difference ? Does it really matter? I mean the xmas lights themselves are on pretty flimsy thin wires. The extension cords - even if indoor type - are certainly thicker and offer more protection than the wire the lights are on.
 
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Of course it matters. You need outdoor extension cords. They are built to resist the weather. There will be no paper components in the outdoor extension cords, and nothing to rust. Indoor extension cords sometimes have paper components, and they almost always have screws that will rust.
 
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All commercial extension cords are crimped and mostly moulded. Some indoor cords may by made of separately moulded components which are sonic welded or riveted when assembled.

Outdoor ones will be moulded, using outdoor rated component
 
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Originally Posted by classicsat View Post
All commercial extension cords are crimped and mostly moulded. Some indoor cords may by made of separately moulded components which are sonic welded or riveted when assembled.

Outdoor ones will be moulded, using outdoor rated component
Not to mention LEAD of all God-forbidden things is often used in manufacture of the coating - at least as listed on the label on mine. They specifically state "Wash your hands well after handling".


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I noticed about the lead too on the lights - not on the extension cords - just to be clear.

I was very surprised at that. Anyone have any more info on this?
 
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