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01-14-2012 04:42 PM

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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.

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#1 posted 01-14-2012 04:51 PM

Any good hardware store should carry wire.

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#2 posted 01-14-2012 04:54 PM

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

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#3 posted 01-14-2012 05:55 PM

Ace Hardware carries several gauges by the foot.

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#4 posted 01-14-2012 07:25 PM

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.

-- Barry,

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#5 posted 01-14-2012 07:54 PM

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.

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#6 posted 01-14-2012 08:09 PM

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

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#7 posted 01-14-2012 09:23 PM

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

-- Joe

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#8 posted 01-15-2012 12:09 AM

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

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#9 posted 01-15-2012 12:33 AM

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.


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#10 posted 01-15-2012 01:35 AM

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

Or extension cord+multiplug adapter=what you need?

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#11 posted 01-15-2012 04:53 AM

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.

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#12 posted 01-15-2012 05:17 AM

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..."

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#13 posted 01-15-2012 05:20 AM

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!

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#14 posted 01-15-2012 07:40 AM

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

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#15 posted 01-15-2012 07:56 AM

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

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