Safe to use extension cord the way I am?


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Old 12-06-17, 01:57 PM
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Cool Safe to use extension cord the way I am?

Had problem with my kitchen outlet's, well not really a problem the outlets in my kitchen are on the same breaker as some in the living room. Found this out not too long ago. And I was wondering, I have a 12 ft extension cord if I could leave it plugged in in my dining room and put it in my kitchen could I just leave the extension cord plugged into the wall and use it as needed in the kitchen? Basically like another outlet in the kitchen? And if leaving the extension cord plugged in is not the safe way to go, can plugging and unplugging hurt my wall outlet any? i.i make it loose/break etc? Thanks

I know it don't sound too ethical but with two children, Christmas, hired a electrician... $$ kinda tight,
 

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Old 12-06-17, 02:13 PM
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An extension cord is only designed for temporary use.
If you unplug it from the wall when not in use..... that would be considered temporary.

Just make sure the cord is heavy enough for what it's powering.
 
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Old 12-06-17, 02:18 PM
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An extension cord is only designed for temporary use.
If you unplug it from the wall when not in use..... that would be considered temporary.

Just make sure the cord is heavy enough for what it's powering.
Yeah, I understand, actually what I'm using it for is a small electric roaster we use to cook on 2-3 times per day. 1-3 hrs total time. So basically it's still considered "permanent" if the cord is plugged in to the outlet but nothing on the other side is?
 
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If it were me with children in the house, I would absolutely secure the cord to something solid. I'd still unplug it when not in use to be "temporary", but along the length I would use something like a cable tie every 12" that wraps around the cord and you screw through a hole into something substantial.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Gardner-...1600/100128306

Hokey, but a loose cord connected to roaster with kids is asking for an accident. I'd probably also try and run as high off the ground as possible.

In a commercial occupancy, the fire dept would absolutely cite as not kosher even if you "unplug" it. What I used to tell businesses (after educating them and giving them time to comply) is they would be cited if I came in and saw it connected even if they unplugged it in front of me. The intent was what would get them. If it was connected to a fan during a heatwave, not an issue, connected to the copy machine in the alcove, negative.

I can't speak to the legitimacy code wise of using an extension cord in a private dwelling as an additional outlet in another room, my suggestion is more a preventative comment.
 
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Old 12-06-17, 03:27 PM
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The biggest concern with extension cord is possibility of overloading it and causing fire. If you get a 12 gauge extension cord, you will be fine (but still not legal) except for a trip hazard.

I'd suggest something more permanent since you are using the roaster so often. You can buy non-metallic raceway from a hardware store and run it along the wall and install new outlet.

You will need this raceway and some elbows and couplings to go with it.
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Legrand-...-100038290-_-N

Then you will need 2 of this. One goes over existing outlet junction box and the outlet will mount on the new box. One goes to to new location of outlet.
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Legrand-...MW35/100149089

Basically you mount a junction box on top of existing outlet and tap power from it, run raceway to new location and install junction box and outlet. It is pretty easy to install with just basic tools.
Metallic raceway is stronger, but harder to work with.

You can put 12-2 NM cable inside this raceway.
 
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Old 12-06-17, 03:30 PM
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If it were me with children in the house, I would absolutely secure the cord to something solid. I'd still unplug it when not in use to be "temporary", but along the length I would use something like a cable tie every 12" that wraps around the cord and you screw through a hole into something substantial.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Gardner-...1600/100128306

Hokey, but a loose cord connected to roaster with kids is asking for an accident. I'd probably also try and run as high off the ground as possible.

In a commercial occupancy, the fire dept would absolutely cite as not kosher even if you "unplug" it. What I used to tell businesses (after educating them and giving them time to comply) is they would be cited if I came in and saw it connected even if they unplugged it in front of me. The intent was what would get them. If it was connected to a fan during a heatwave, not an issue, connected to the copy machine in the alcove, negative.

I can't speak to the legitimacy code wise of using an extension cord in a private dwelling as an additional outlet in another room, my suggestion is more a preventative comment.
Okay, very well put, the cord was going to be up high obviously so they couldn't reach it, but I appreciate your concern. But after reading stuff and your response, I'll just plug it in as needed. Will it damage the outlet in the wall from plugging and unplugging if its done gentle?
 
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Old 12-06-17, 03:33 PM
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Will it damage the outlet in the wall from plugging and unplugging if its done gentle?
The outlet will eventually wear out, but that is no different from plugging and unplugging appliance straight into the outlet. The outlet should be replaced when it does not hold plug anymore.
 
 

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