That's quite an amazing story. I've never seen a
trades person so concerned about anything that's
only going to be used for an hour. Nor does it make
sense that it's OK for it to be non-GFCI if the outlet
is less than 20 ft away. Outside, I'd be most worried
about a tool shorting, cutting the cord with a power
tool, etc. Would not seem to have much dependence
on the length of the extension cord. Is that some
Why couldn't they just run an extension cord to any outlet in
the house that is GFCI? That would appear to meet
the arbitrary requirements.
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