LumberJocks

"Extension cord" wire supplier?

  • Advertise with us

« back to Focus on the Workspace forum

Forum topic by Bwa posted 960 days ago 1627 views 1 time favorited 23 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Bwa's profile

Bwa

21 posts in 1475 days


960 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: question electrical

I want to build some ‘extension cord’ switches/outlets for a few situations where I want something pretty specific (so the Rockler variety stuff won’t do). My local Home Depot used to sell 14/2-style stranded extension cord wire but they don’t any more. Obviously I don’t want to use Romex or BX cable if I can avoid it (not very flexible).

Any ideas where go to buy this stuff? It seems like an easy problem. I checked on Mouser, but there’s so many options I couldn’t narrow it down. For my air filter, I bought a rocker switch and a socket that works with computer-style AC cords.


23 replies so far

View MedicKen's profile

MedicKen

1599 posts in 2098 days


#1 posted 960 days ago

Any good hardware store should carry wire.

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their therapist....medic20447@gmail.com

View doncutlip's profile

doncutlip

2832 posts in 2192 days


#2 posted 960 days ago

I’ve heard some people wait for a sale at Harbor Freight, buy an extension cord and replace the connectors as necessary.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

View Gene Howe's profile

Gene Howe

5561 posts in 2064 days


#3 posted 960 days ago

Ace Hardware carries several gauges by the foot.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

View SignWave's profile

SignWave

135 posts in 1671 days


#4 posted 960 days ago

I was looking for a replacement cord for a small appliance whose original cord was damaged. I couldn’t find a replacement, but I did find a small extension cord at HD for ~$1.50. I cut the receptacle end off and used the rest. Yes, it seems wasteful, but it was as cheap as I was going to get for solving the problem.

As I recall HF has cheap extension cords.

View Don W's profile (online now)

Don W

14909 posts in 1203 days


#5 posted 960 days ago

I’ve done the same as above, just buy an extension cord. It seems the extension cords will often be cheaper than the components themselves.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

View Gene Howe's profile

Gene Howe

5561 posts in 2064 days


#6 posted 960 days ago

That’s very true, Don. And, one end will be molded, too.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

View ajosephg's profile

ajosephg

1850 posts in 2197 days


#7 posted 960 days ago

But – as a general rule you should go with three conductor so you can have a ground.

-- Joe

View ksSlim's profile

ksSlim

977 posts in 1526 days


#8 posted 960 days ago

Graybar Electrical, McMaster-Carr or Grainger. Really need 3 conductor for safety.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

View Bill White's profile

Bill White

3423 posts in 2596 days


#9 posted 960 days ago

I’ve just made ‘em up from 3 wire cable from the Depot/Lowe’s. That way I know the wire will be adequite.
Phooey on the cost for something that could burn the house down.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

View BentheViking's profile

BentheViking

1752 posts in 1200 days


#10 posted 960 days ago

I can imagine any electrical supply house should have what you need…check your local area

Or extension cord+multiplug adapter=what you need?

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

View Grandpa's profile

Grandpa

3106 posts in 1311 days


#11 posted 960 days ago

I have bought wiring at our local supply house. I have found the cheapest in cost is wait until just before Christmas and ACE sells a 25’ cord and a 10’ cord as a bonus all in one package. They are green if that bothers you. I think I paid about $10 for both this year. I think a good plug for a generic cord is $7 or $8. I bought some tool replacement cords at Walmart but they were $7 or $8 also. They came with a molded plug and an 8’ cord. I think those were 2 wire but they were used on tools designed for 2 wire cords.

View HorizontalMike's profile

HorizontalMike

6928 posts in 1550 days


#12 posted 960 days ago

Last year I bought a 25ft 12-3 (stranded) extension cord at HD, cut it in two and made two shorter ones (a 10ft and a 15ft) that work out like champs. And that 12-3 doesn’t drop the voltage like smaller wired cords.

I use them for running power to my planer and other small shop tools (routers, hand drills, circular saw, etc.) and they are quite flexible and durable.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

View Bwa's profile

Bwa

21 posts in 1475 days


#13 posted 960 days ago

Good idea on cutting extension cords, everyone. I don’t know why it didn’t occur to me, I was just too intent on buying wire by the foot :-)

Thanks everyone—and yes, everything I do will definitely be grounded and metal boxes, etc!

View TopamaxSurvivor's profile

TopamaxSurvivor

14727 posts in 2312 days


#14 posted 960 days ago

Your cords should be 3 wire so you have the ground. Any electrrical supply house should have SO cord.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

View DannyB's profile

DannyB

46 posts in 2058 days


#15 posted 960 days ago

If you need an online place, wesbell wire and cable sells it, and shipping is usually reasonable.

showing 1 through 15 of 23 replies

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase