120 volt twist lock to standard outlet

Well after telling a buddy of my other adapter needs hew asks about this one. its at his store he is uncertain of the breaker its on.
good advice needed, again its seasonal at other times he uses the twist lock plug. its on a wind up reel from the cieling
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On Sun, 09 Nov 2008 09:49:18 -0800, snipped-for-privacy@aol.com wrote:

Just to make sure I understand your question:
Your buddy has a wind-up reel extension cord with a twist lock receptacle on the pull end. You want an adapter extension cord going from a plug twist lock to standard three prong receptacle?
Your post is asking about making an adapter going from a NEMA L5-15P to a NEMA 5-15R. Then you can attach a standard circuit tester or light bulb into the standard jack for testing of the electrical circuit?
Two links: (pdf files you can print.) http://www.hubbellonline.com/wiring/bryant/pdf/b/b5.pdf http://www.hubbellonline.com/wiring/bryant/pdf/h/h3.pdf
Note: in graphics the W= White wire, and as you may expect G = Ground
Most any electric supply store will carry the parts for you to make up your own adapter extension cord, if you ask by NEMA configuration.
I have never seen a 'legal' manufactured adapter for this, only shop made adapters. Maybe someone else has. Google: adapter NEMA L5-15 to NEMA 5-15R and you get a hit from Builder's Square and Amazon.com
APC, the battery backup power for computers company sells several adapters along this line for their higher current draw (20 and 30 amp recharge current) models of UPS.
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well I built it today, twist lock to a short cord with metal work box, with two duplex outlets, I added a mini breaker, so no one can overload the box.just need to drill the hole for the mini breaker, everything else is done, my bit is worn out, will get new one tomorrow
hopefully the twist lock plug is the proper one, the receptable is marked 30 amps, so I got a 30 amp twist lock plug from home depot.
I looked at the outlet, but couldnt quite reach the line, its higher than any ladder in the store. might try snagging it tomorrow with somethinmg long with a hook on the end.
the adapter box turned out looking good
my main concern is safety, that why i added the mini breaker, which i use for my office machine repair business
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On Sun, 09 Nov 2008 20:22:12 -0800, snipped-for-privacy@aol.com wrote:

30 AMPS !!??!!?
ON A RETRACTABLE WIND UP REEL?
Some important piece of information is missing here.
That works out to something like a 3 conductor #10 AWG stranded cable, and if you add insulation and rough wear jacket on the the cable, that will be one large reel of cable even if it is only a 25 foot long extension. Think about the spring retraction force to recoil that heavy of a cable. Why wouldn't whoever installed it go with a 240VAC circuit and cut down on current in the wires?
Yes, in some industrial cases a 30 amp circuit would be needed for a large manufacturing work station, but you gave no indication of the location being factory space.
30 amp circuit for a wind up reel, it just seems too excessive to be normal in a "store" property.
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the lines were reportedly installed for small commercial refrigerators, there are 5 or 6 spread around the building. the reel is huge
I had to use a rake to hook the hanging receptable while standing on a rolling ladder. the reel was surprinsingly hard to pull.
glad to report the box worked fine, my main concern was buying the correct twist lock plug. 30 amp 125 volt had it match. I plugged my outlet tester in the receptable to make certain its wired right. since no one apparently knows what breaker this is on I added a industrial mini circuit breaker to the box, 15 amps, so if it ever gets overloaded the mini breaker will trip.
yeah the wire is like 10 gauge, and the wire i used to the box is also very heavy.
I am actually pretty proud, it turned out good, looks professional, has no parts for customers to mess with, and I built it literalkly overnight.........
turns out this will be the first use for the twist lock plug, he had but discared the fridge
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snipped-for-privacy@aol.com posted for all of us...

Did you include the jumper (screwdriver) you use to find circuit breakers? -- Tekkie GRIP = Get Rid of Incumbent Politicians
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Huh? Is there a question in there?
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snipped-for-privacy@aol.com posted for all of us...

Hollarbutt you are even more obtuse than usual...
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