Using extension cord with 1,500 watt heater

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Old 11-08-18, 10:22 PM
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Using extension cord with 1,500 watt heater

Is it safe to use either an oil based heater or floor AC unit with a 12 foot "appliance" extension cord? My heater is rated at 1,500 watts when on high. In the summer time my portable AC unit would peak at 1,040 watts.

I have a refrigerator but the manual says not to use it with an extension cord. That seems odd because it only peaks at 400 - 500 watts at start up. So wouldn't a 1,500 watt heater put even more stress on an extension cord?

I was thinking about buying this extension cord. Is there a better one out there? Maybe a construction grade extension cord?
Maximum amperage: 15
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Power-By...5615/205667903
 
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Old 11-09-18, 12:28 AM
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Why can't you
install a receptacle near the load? That is the best solution.
 
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Old 11-09-18, 02:22 AM
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Expensive to hire an electrician. Maybe I could do some of it myself. Would I cut into the drywall where the studs are and then cut just enough of the stud for conduit to fit? I'm pretty good at dry wall repair.
 
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Old 11-09-18, 02:35 AM
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Moving the heater an option?

Running a new circuit difficulty is going to depend on the construction of y your home.
 
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Old 11-09-18, 02:40 AM
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This is for an Airbnb guest suite. I need the heater to be near the foot of the bed -- not near the headboard. So long story short, I can't move the heater to this outlet. Also there's too much load on the other outlet that's near the foot of the bed. Different circuits in this room.

I see that people are using this Romex wire (instead of that aluminum conduit) these days so that would be less damage to the studs.
 
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Is there an unfinished basemen below the bedroom?
 
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If you are renting this property you definetely need to go by the book. A rental is not the place to be cutting corners and permanently using an extension cord for a high load. If there is a fire or injury because of improper wiring your insurance company may deny your claim and you will be crucified by the courts.
 
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I tried this once a long time ago and could have died.
The cord melted into the carpet and never tripped the breaker.
When I was on the fire dept. every winter we would have a couple of fires caused by electric space heaters, somewhere even plugged into hard wired outlets.
All the hard wired outlets had been backstabbed causing a loose connection and had overheated.
 
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No basement below. I'm trying to find a good book about doing this kind of work. Any recommendations?
 
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Old 11-12-18, 11:22 AM
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Any recommendations?

Hire an electrician. ............................
 
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Wiring Simplified is the best primer on home electrical wiring, however in the short term hiring this one out is probably the right call.

A space heater on an extension cord is a seriously bad idea.
 
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Wiring Simplified is the best primer on home electrical wiring, however in the short term hiring this one out is probably the right call.

A space heater on an extension cord is a seriously bad idea.
What exactly is it about extension cords that is inferior? Is it wrapped up small copper wires instead of one thick copper wire?

I'm already working on doing this myself if I tap into an existing line. https://www.doityourself.com/forum/e...ml#post2739437
 
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Extension cords by definition are temporary devices. They are not permitted for permenant use. Also, fire code in many areas prevents their use altogether.
 
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