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Why does a USA/Canada surge-protected extension lead (110V) trip my circuit breakers in the UK (220V)?

I moved from Canada to the UK and for convenience I would like to use some of my Canadian aquired extension leads (for light power items such as ethernet switches). Problem is that the ...
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What size extension cord should I use for multiple computers?

We're hosting a LAN party (several computers, 50+) and I had some questions about power draw; I hope this is the right place to ask. Currently, we're assuming each PC will draw an average of 3.5 ...
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Are extension cords safe for permanent use?

I recently learned (via a rant from an electrician's son and some internet research) that the standard buy-anywhere cheapo extension cords are a big cause of electrical fires and are not recommended ...
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Is it safe to store an extension cord outside under a carport?

I have a 25 foot 16/3 extension cord. The instructions say it should not be stored outside, but it doesn't say why. I would like to store it out in the open under my carport. It would not get hit ...
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How safe is it to plug in an extension cord that has a missing ground pin in to a GFCI outlet?

I know it will still provide power and such but what are the potential safety hazards?
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Does an extension cord from 2 to 3 prongs have any benefits?

If you're plugging a device with a 2-prong plug into an extension cord that has 3 prongs on the other end, does that give it the grounding benefit of the third prong?
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Is it safe to use a 50 metre (164 foot) mains extension cable?

Amazon UK sell 50 metre extension cables that use standard UK plugs: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Silverline-200084-Metre-Cable-Reel/dp/B000LFZ49Q/ref=sr_1_1 Is it safe to use an extension lead this ...
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extension cords: length vs amps

My Ariens snowblower engine manual has this to say about using an extension cord for electric start: Use appropriately sized extension cord (a minimum of 16 gage, 3-wire, 13 amp, no longer that ...
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Is it safe to pull a continuous 18 amps from a 15 amp outlet?

I have a heater that draws a continuous 18 amps and has a 20 amp plug. I created an extension cord to plug into the wall, however on one end it's a 20 amp receptacle - heater plugged into extension ...
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Is the recommendation for Gauge 14 cables with 13A devices overly conservative?

I don't get it. Whenever I look at a corded tool at amazon, I see that people are buying the tool with a cable with an incorrect gauge. Here is an example: In this example a 13A mower is ...
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How can I wire a switch into an extension cord?

i am trying to make a extension cord with a kill switch in the middle thats going to be mounted to my desk, the cord has red(phase), black(neutral) and green(earth) wires, but the light switch has ...
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Power Strip/Extension Cord on TV stand

I have a question. I have a TV stand with a capacity of 80 lb., and on it a TV that weighs ~50lb. On the wall directly behind my TV, I have two electrical outlets. On the floor, I have a surge ...
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My power strip has (what appears to be) a burn mark. What do I do?

I got an power strip from IKEA around 12 months back. I used it for at my desk with the laptop, pc, printer and light plugged in simultaneously. Now I discovered when I was moving that there's a burn ...
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Can I use an extension cord for a mini fridge?

I read a thread earlier basically saying a fridge should not be run on an extension cord. I was curious why that is. And how it would be different than having the same distance ran in the wall to an ...
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Can I swap the ends of a retractable extension cord?

I infrequently require power in my outdoor shed. I have a retractable cord I want to install in my shed and run to an exterior socket on my house when needed. To do this, I first need to swap the plug ...
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How can I extend a surge protector's cable?

I want to buy surge protected socket however these products generally has 1.5-2 meters long cable but it isn't enough for me. On socket there is a warning: "Plug in this product directly to.wall plug ...
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TV cable box extension cord and surge protector

I moved into a new apartment complex and my fiancé wanted the tv in bedroom mounted. To make it look clean I ran a new extension cord tv plug and the cable wire through a wire mangament system that ...
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Usefulness of Cord Reel with 100-ft Extension Cord

I may be missing something, but how useful is a cord reel such as the one pictured with a 100-ft long extension cord? I'd like to think that a 100-ft extension cable with a pretty good gauge (12) ...
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Open appliance which has a flat round disk as a screw head, no recess at all

I bought a 6 way with switches and a 4 way gang extension leads. I bought them online and I found them being closed by these screws with a flat round disk as a head. Now understanding the meaning of ...
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How to run an extension cord through a tight space

There's a space between my hearth and the wall that I can run coax cable through to a TV but it is too tight to get an extension cord through to that TV. It is only about 1/2 inch wide; the hearth was ...
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Can I wire up a 353W projector with a 25W track light?

So I have a 25ft 16AWG power extension cord running up to my projector which draws 353W. I want to add a two outlet plug to the female end of the extension cord near the projector and get one outlet ...