I have a fairly new window AC with a GFIC shielded power cord made by Tower
Mfg. part number 30386-0-LCDI.. I would really like to shorten the cord as
it dangles where I don't want it to dangle. The connection at the control
unit is a molded plug and it can not be shortened there.
The plug end is two piece molded and secured with screws, one of which is a
security screw or I would have taken it apart already -:) for a look.
Anyone have any experience with these? Can they be shortened? Are the
wires connected to the blades with a crimp or a solder? I can do either if
I have to. I just hate to spend the time to find or make the security
screwdriver to find out that it won't work.
Why not just bundle it up neatly with a cable tie so it doesn't dangle and
not tear apart something that they obviously are trying pretty hard to keep
you out of? Besides, you might move the AC one day and then you may find the
cord is 2" too short!
"Colbyt" < snipped-for-privacy@-SPAMBLOCK-lexkyweb.com> wrote in message
Of course it can. Never mind trying to take apart the existing plug, just cut
the cord to the length you want and put a new plug on the end. (Make sure you
can find the correct plug before you cut the cord.)
Or you could just wrap the cord up, too.
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
AC cords are pretty thick, and there may not be room in the case, but
you still may be able to stuff some of the cord back into the AC,
especially if you take off the cover and can see where to put it.
Then when you need it, you can just pull the cord out again.
This certainly works with a lot of things that use lamp cord.
I think so also. My first thought was to see if a shorter cord was
available. Pulling the cord back into the unit makes sense.
"The voices in my head may not be real, but they have some good ideas!"
Tucking the cord back into the appliance makes sense if it will work
in this application. I assume if it were that simple the OP would
have just done that as opposed to posting here. If that will work,
more power to the OP. If not, putting a new plug on is a very simple,
neat & clean way to accomplish the goal of the OP.
I "assumed" that if the OP thought of it in the first place, he
wouldn't post here wanting ideas outside the box.
It was a good idea posted.
Hofstadter's Law - It [a task] always takes longer than you expect, even when
you take into account Hofstadter's Law.
Disregard any advice to cut the cord in the middle & crimp. Even with
heat shrink tubing that would look less than ideal.
The easy & best solution is to replace the plug, cutting the wire down
to the length you need. Be sure to measure carefully & allow some
wire to be stripped & put into the plug. The wire may need to make a
180 degree turn @ the outlet to come in the bottom of the plug as
well. Figure for that if needed. Personally I'd calculate what I
need and then leave another 6-10" for wiggle room. You can make it
shorter in a jiffy, making it longer is a project.
For simplicities sake, I'd just cut the plug & about 6" of wire off &
take that to the electrical supply store. With the wire & old plug in
hand choosing the right replacement would be a chinch, and then it's
as simple as slapping the new plug onto the end of the wire. The end
product will look as good as factory without splicing, soldering or
The cord is not a GFI ,it is a LCDI as indicated by the part number.(LCDI)
is a Leakage Current Detector Interrupter. Do not cut it out. It is there to
prevent fire and to meet NEC and UL requirements effective August 2004.
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