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#122736 - 01/08/06 01:28 PM Rotten Cord
Roger Offline

Registered: 05/18/02
Posts: 1779
Loc: N.C.
From Theelectrikid

Here are some pictures of the cord I mentioned a while back, the
cord that fed the two receptacles in the optional installed part of a
1973 trailer. The cord cap is marked GE, and I believe the cord is
SJ-something, but I couldn't read it, and the insulation is rubber.
This cord was just lying on the ground in the crawlspace. I snapped
the cord off where it goes through the floor, took these photos, and
threw it on the scrap pile. This was plugged into a matching Hubbell
30A 240V recept, which WAS wired to a two-pole 30 AMP breaker, just
turned off. It, and it's cable leading up to the panel, were removed
when we replaced the panel. The outlet is still there, we're just
trying to find an outdoor blank plate. I need to get pictures of the
outlet, tin snipped hole the cord went through, and how it was back
stabbed into a equally-old receptacle. In case you're wondering, those
outlets are disabled, and are waiting for blank plates.

Ian A.

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#122737 - 01/08/06 03:33 PM Re: Rotten Cord
renosteinke Offline
Cat Servant

Registered: 01/22/05
Posts: 5305
Loc: Blue Collar Country
Thanks, Ian! I've often meant to take a pic of what happens to extension cord material, when left in contact with the earth for any period of time- but I've never gotten around to it.

"Outdoor" and "direct burial" are two different things!

#122738 - 01/09/06 02:33 PM Re: Rotten Cord
Wizzie Electric Offline

Registered: 01/16/06
Posts: 59
Loc: Maple Creek, Saskatchewan, Can...
I had an old trouble light with a rubber cord and live front plug on it. One day i was going to replace the plug. When i tried to strip the wire the insulation just kept breaking off so i had to replace the cord too.

Its amazing how brittle old cords can get. was that cord brittle too it looks brittle.

#122739 - 01/09/06 02:40 PM Re: Rotten Cord
Theelectrikid Offline

Registered: 04/30/04
Posts: 854
Loc: Levittown, PA
I tried to strip the cord for scapping, and I just wore gloves, no stripper. I have to edit the pictures of the receptacle, plug, and tinsnipped hole the cord passed through.

Ian A.
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