The Best of Christmas Sitcoms
My Top Ten list would not be complete without:
All in the Family - Christmas at the Bunkers
Andy Griffith Christmas episode
Dick Van Dyke Christmas episode
Mary Tyler Moore 1st Christmas episode...
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My Dog Sam
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I know they say "not" to do it, but I have always connected extension cords together when decorating because otherwise I'd be pretty lost....others do the same? Why do they say not to though? I can see for some heavy duty appliances but for my Xmas lights I almost have too and they are not really a heavy duty electrical appliance. I would think its the exact same as connecting multiple strands of lights together, but actually safer.
I've never had a problem before and only use new(er) good cords.
The concern with extension cords, be it too many end to end or too many appliances (or lights in this case), is resistance. Resistance in an electrical sense is a load and causes heat at the point of resistance. If the resistance is kept to a minimum and the insulation is kept in good shape, then the chance of a fire due to too many cords is nearly moot.
More important than visual condition of the cord is gauge, or thickness of the wire. The thicker the wire the better... you can never go too large, but going too small is going to introduce resistance. You want to use quality, heavy duty cords whenever possible.
Another common point of resistance is at the connectors. It's good to make sure that they're free of corrosion and not damaged in any way. On my outdoor cords, I even go so far as spreading a little di-electric grease on the spades as some added insurance against moisture.
Finally, as cords get old and after they've been exposed to the elements, they can become brittle and develop cracks in both the wire and the insulation. If a cord is ever suspect in any way, it's better to discard it than risk electrical shock or fire.
Yeah, I've been shocked a few times, but most of that is from tampering with things that were never intended to be taken apart. You'll find that a lot of electricians like to push the envelope from time to time.
Inside, we use the fused heavy duty outlet strips. If we use an extension cord, it is one rated for outdoor use.
Outside we use heavy duty cords as well. We never plug more than three strands of light together which is the maximum recommended by the companies.
We always cap all open ends with outlet covers (the kind used for child proofing). We also make sure the ends are pointing down. If it is going to be a really wet season, I'll wrap duct tape around where the strands are plugged together.
Of course we are never away when the lights are on.
Thanks for all the advice and info. I threw away all my old looking cords this year, not worth the risk. On the plus though, I do have all my lights hooked up to a power bar, which I'm sure is the better way to go...and easier when turning lights on as well, just flip the switch.
As for as attaching one extension cord to another, at most I'd just have two connected to make it longer is all.
I do have a question though regarding light connecting though...it says not to connect the standard mini lights to C9/C7 lights or LED lights...I can understand that, but do they mean just directly connecting the strings to one another or connecting them to the same extension cord as well? Because if I have to use separate extension cords, thats gonna be a lot of cords....! One string of LED and one string of mini lights into the same extension cord should be fine I would think since they're not directly connected into one another.
It's okay to hook them to the same power source, just not okay to try to power one from the other. In other words, you can have an extension cord with multiple outlets on one end, an adapter, or a power strip and have the different lights hooked up. Just don't plug an LED transformer into the female end of a mini light set.