December 29, 2011

Maintenance Tip for Today

Extension cords are very useful when required. It is best to be able to plug in directly to the outlet, but we all know that this is sometimes difficult or impossible. Many electrical tools need an extension cord to reach the project you are working on. Maybe a lamp, television or stereo would look better in a different area of the room, but there is no outlet.

Choose the correct cord for the job:
(1) is it 2 or 3 prong outlet,don't break of the ground prong to make it a 2 prong cord,
(2) how far away from the outlet is a cord needed,
(3) how much demand is going to be for the cord

When choosing the extension cord make sure it is UL approved. Do not be confused by the numbers listed on the cord, the smaller the number the larger the wiring. If the wire is not large enough it will over heat and will blow a fuse or interrupt a circuit, but it can also damage what ever it is attached to. When ever you choose to purchase an extension cord, make sure you tell them what you will be using it for and they will direct you to the correct size.If you are going to leave an the cord outside make sure it is rated for outdoors.Check the outdoor cords on a regular bases to make sure they are not cracked or other weather damages. As a word of caution never put the cord under a rug, if it gets frayed or damaged, replace it. Make sure it is not a trip hazard. Safety first!!

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