Originally Posted By: John Steinke
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Handy-box extension cords are a sore spot for Joe, in part because he has seen so many that became unsafe after abuse, lack of maintenance, and imprpper construction. A visit to his web site is an eye-opener!
I'm not as adamant as Joe, however. Here are a few of my thoughts:
-OSHA doesn't have jurisdiction over homes, and their desire to see you use a "Bell" box with outdoor cover, while a better design, doesn't justify their applying "pendant" standards to these cords (IMO);
-A "dead front" plug design is not only neater (nothing to fall off), but the strain relief of the cord is far better. "Strain relief" is what keeps those little tugs and pulls a cord receives from being transmitted to the point where the wires connect to the plug;
-The cord pictured appears to use a connector intended for MC cable, rather than one listed for use with flexible cords., where the cord enters the box. In line with my comments about strain relief, this is another place where it is critical that the cord be properly attached;
-The wire appears too light to adequately supply the amount of power a hair dryer uses- get a heavier cord (at least #14);
-Considering the addition of a GFCI, I agree that a GFCI plug is a better solution. I also doubt that there is room in a "handy box" for a GFCI receptacle, the cable strain relief, and the mounting screws!
This work is too neat- was this post just a test? I doubt that this cord was ever used.
I also find it hard to believe that there are NO receptacles in the bath- usually the light has one. If the place is truly that small, perhaps you'ld be better off drying your hair in the bedroom?