When not to use extension cords


Old 09-08-15, 10:23 AM
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When not to use extension cords

I just installed an electric garage door opener and planned to connect it to an outlet with a short extension cord but the manual tells me not to use an extension cord.
What's wrong with using an extension cord?
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Old 09-08-15, 10:37 AM
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Extension cords are rated for temporary use only, generally defined as 90 days or fewer.
Old 09-08-15, 10:56 AM
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Installing another receptacle isn't hard. Post some pictures of the area and we can better help you. http://www.doityourself.com/forum/li...rt-images.html
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Additionally the small gauge wiring in an extension cord causes an overheating situation on the motor, potentially leading to premature failure of the motor or cord.

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