Dont know the extension cord value

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looked for any writing of the size of this cord...there is absolutely none. Is there a way to check the gauge of it? It is usable, but nervous in using it on my electric lawn mower, as an example.
I would be dubious of any cord that was not marked. U/L and NEMA require marking every couple feet along the cord jacket. Have you had a kid look at it? Sometimes those embossed markings are hard for old guys to read ;-)
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On Sat, 28 Jul 2012 11:06:24 -0400, snipped-for-privacy@aol.com wrote:

looked for any writing of the size of this cord...there is absolutely none. Is there a way to check the gauge of it? It is usable, but nervous in using it on my electric lawn mower, as an example.

Maybe there's a way to brush dark dust over the cord to read the embossed print, like they do in detective stories.
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looked for any writing of the size of this cord...there is absolutely none. Is there a way to check the gauge of it? It is usable, but nervous in using it on my electric lawn mower, as an example.
Hey, don't worry about that. I've been using an electric lawnmower for at least 4 years. I have a heavy duty 50 or 100 foot cord, but the outlet is hard to reach so I plug it into a 12 foot indoor light gauge extension cord and everything works fine.
Just feel the cord to see if it's getting hot, expecially at the plug and the wire within a half inch of the plug. My thin cord doesn't.
Also, if the voltage were so low the blade slowed down a lot, or at least if it stopped altogether. that might burn out the mower, or maybe there's a thermal fuse, but the same thing can happen if you try to mow really heavy grass. You should know the sound of your mower when it's spinning at or near the right speed. Get out of the grass or turn the t hing off it is much slower than it shoudl be.
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On 7/28/2012 9:27 AM, Novel8 wrote:

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Personally I'd be more concerned if it's outdoor rated than guage rated.
As for the gauge: 12 amp lawnmowers, which most are, only need a light duty 16 guage for the first 50 feet. But keep in mind that you shouldn't put more than 80% of the rated load on a cord.
I only keep 12 gauge extension cords in my garage, that way I never have to worry for 15 amp tools or heaters in case I have to run the cord 100 feet or longer. I can run my electric lawnmower or an air compressor or table saw and not have to worry about the cord overheating.
Yeah they are bulky and thick and heavy and more expensive but they are better insulated and much longer lasting.
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On Saturday, July 28, 2012 11:51:23 AM UTC-4, Duesenberg wrote:

Yes, my lawn mower is a 12 amp job according to the manual, but I was using it with an outdoor cord that says on it "13 Anp,125v, 1625W for a couple of years with no problem, though the orange cord was getting 'rings' around it. Finally the other day after using it a couple of minutes, the motor went "dead'...i thought i blew a fuse. That was when I noticed another orange colored cord with no info on it at all, albeit shorter than the one I had. I think its about 15'. So i tried the mower on solid ground and it worked just fine...but I am still nervous in using it not knowing about its limitations. This is NYC and there is no small town hardware that I know of to bring it too. I did see a 16 gauge extension cord by accident in one of those .99 cents stores of all places...albeit it was like 9' long ( too short ) and fragile looking..more for indoors, I think. Why would they rate them the same 16 gauge? I wouldn't even attempt to buy that one.
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On 7/29/2012 2:26 PM, Novel8 wrote: ...

More than likely just broke a conductor. NEC ratings are 15A for 14 ga conductors so one can assume that's what that one is...
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That it ran on the other cord is even more indication that all that happened is a conductor broke on the other--likely could be near the plug or receptacle end and could be repaired w/ $2 replacement.
The inexpensive cord is undoubtedly 16 ga at best and is an appliance cord for stuff like a lamp or similar loads indoors, indeed.
Nothing really drastic is going to happen using a 15-ft cord unless it's so warm after use you can really tell it easily--the length is simply too short for the voltage drop owing to the conductor size alone to be an issue--so, if it's warm it's clearly because the conductors are small for the load and you need a heavier cord. If it carries the load w/o being noticeably warm, its heavy enough it's not going to cause a fire or do damage to the mower motor because of low supply voltage.
How long a cord do you need and what could it possibly cost to go to a WalMart or whatever is similar nearby where you buy stuff in general and buy a new outdoor cord of 14 ga that will be rated adequate and quite worrying, though? $15 at the extreme outside, maybe?????
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What do you suppose was causing the "rings" around the cord? Perhaps it was overheating?????
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On 8/7/2012 8:54 PM, snipped-for-privacy@snyder.on.ca wrote: ...

What rings were those? Nuttin' about no "rings" in any posting I replied to...
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On Sunday, July 29, 2012 3:26:18 PM UTC-4, Novel8 wrote:

Because it's the diameter of the WIRE, not the thickness of the insulation, that determines gauge.
Indoor cords don't need as much insulation because they are not being dragged around on sharp stones or whatever other obstacles may be out in the yard.
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On Jul 30, 10:22am, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

I was at a BORG store when a customer inquired about running a extension cord stuffed in the control joints of his driveway.
the clerk tried to explain why it was a bad idea.....
I finally added if anyone walks on your driveway espically in wet feet they could get electrocuted:( thats when the shopper admitted the cord was for a swimming pool for kids
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bob haller wrote:

Yep. It's not TOO hard to run the wire UNDER the sidewalk.
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You are kidding, right?
I hope you are not suggesting running an extension cord underground.
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Hiring a licensed electrician is a lot cheaper than a hospital bill or a lawsuit.
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DerbyDad03 wrote:

Sure. What could go wrong?
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DerbyDad03 wrote:

Ah ! I see.
Better, then, would be overhead wiring.
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On 8/2/2012 5:49 AM, HeyBub wrote:

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Nah, the underground voltage depression will return when the cord comes back up just the same as when it comes back down from overhead. It's all ok at the point of use...
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yep its not like a car battery sitting on the ground they go dead and cant even be recharged ever....
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Novel8 wrote:

looked for any writing of the size of this cord...there is absolutely none. Is there a way to check the gauge of it? It is usable, but nervous in using it on my electric lawn mower, as an example.

Hi, If the cord is warm to touch when you use it, you know then.
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Novel8 wrote:

Tell us why you are nervous - you may be trying to solve the wrong problem.
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