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Old 12-16-2008, 09:00 PM   #15
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Let's assume that everything is correct right up to the outlet. That is a 20 amp breaker, 12 guage wiring, & 20 amp rated outlet. You have 20 amps available. A rule of thumb is to have a safety net of 10%. So now you are down to 18 amps of power available. (10% of 20 amp = 2amp, 20 - 2 = 18 amp) Be sure to use an extension cord made with 12 gauge wire. If it's like most, it's only made with 14 gauge wire. 14 gauge has a rating of 15 amps before your safety 10% reduction. Any cord over 50' should be 10 gauge due to the longer distance the electricity has to travel. When the A/C compressor kicks on, it will appreciate having the 10% available to keep the voltage up temporarily. If you don't have any voltage testers, feel if the cord & plugs to see if they are warm after you've been using it. Do this after about 1/2 hr. You'll be touch a lot of metal in the AS. Don't use a cord without a proper ground. I've often plugged into the 20 amp dedicated outlet for my pool's pump. Just be sure to turn pump off 1st. I tripped the breaker a couple of times forgeting about that.

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