Sauna hookup

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Old 01-11-16, 10:23 PM
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Sauna hookup

I have a 20 amp outlet wired with suited 12 gauge wire which can be dedicated to an in-home sauna requiring these specs. In order to use this outlet as it is, though, I would need to run the below-linked extension cord and adapter being that the sauna cord in the only location sauna can be placed is about 8 feet too short. If there isn't any problem with this solution, it is preferable to relocating and upgrading the outlet. Seems ok to me, no? Thanks for advice.

Coleman Cable 0568 Woods 9-Feet 12-Gauge 20-Amp Extra Heavy Duty Major Appliance Cord, Beige - Extension Cords - Amazon.com

http://www.amazon.com/Conntek-30129-...SDMQ69523F2A2G
 
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Old 01-11-16, 10:39 PM
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I'm trying to figure out where the adapter is needed.

You have a 20A plug on the spa.
A true 20A extension cord.
A 20A receptacle.

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You do have a GFI in the mix here ?
 
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Old 01-12-16, 04:30 AM
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An extension cord should not be used. Move the receptacle for the sauna.
 
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Old 01-12-16, 09:55 AM
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If you need an adapter for the plug I'd wonder if it is 120 volt. Are you sure it is 120 volt? A 5-20 P is reverse image of a 6-20p. Sure it is not a 6-20p? Your link is for a 240 volt, NEMA 6-20, extension cord. It won't work if your Sauna is 120 volt.

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Old 01-12-16, 10:49 AM
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I'm trying to figure out where the adapter is needed.
Me too .............................
 
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Old 01-12-16, 01:11 PM
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Apologies for confusion, the outlet is a standard 15 amp outlet, however the fuse and wiring are 20 amp (why original electrician chose this configuration, I'm not sure). So I need the converter to get the 20 amp appliance ext. cord into the outlet. I see the issue with the ext. cord voltage, and this simply being the inferior direction to take, the receptacle will be relocated and changed.
 
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It sounds like you just need to replace the 15A receptacle with a 20A receptacle. PJMax posted pictures above. Any hardware or DIY store should carry this item.
 
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Old 01-12-16, 02:19 PM
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So I need the converter to get the 20 amp appliance ext. cord into the outlet.
Moot now but you never needed a converter. You needed the correct extension cord. You probably wouldn't have found a manufactured converter because it would have been a code violation.
why original electrician chose this configuration, I'm not sure
I is standard practice to use a 5-15 duplex receptacle on a 120 volt 20 amp circuit because there is normally no need for a 5-20 receptacle. Code allows a 15 amp receptacle on a 20 amp circuit if there are two places to plug in and a duplex receptacle meets that code.
 

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Thank you, knowledge appreciated.
 
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