[Public-list] Re: power hookup

George Dinwiddie gdinwiddie at alberg30.org
Fri Feb 25 15:24:41 PST 2005

Michael wrote:
> For what it is worth, I just got a 12 gauge extension cord at Walmart. 
> The package says it is rated for a 15 amp power tool. That suggests the 
> usual 14 or 16 gauge cord  is good for a light bulb or maybe drill. It 
> will do the job for a 2 HP air compressor-the smaller cords wouldn't, 
> too much voltage drop over it's run.

You'll find that 14 gauge is also rated for 15 amps.  The 12 gauge wire 
is good enough for 20 amp service, but the standard edison plugs are 
only rated for 15 amps.  Still, as you say, the voltage drop is less 
with the 12 gauge.

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