Originally Posted by Timay
if your cord is getting warm you are probably using too small a wire gauge at too long a distance.
Too long a distance will not warm the cord, it will damage the appliance however.
I have had cords get uncomfortablly hot (not melt) twice.
Once it was a 100 ' coil of 12 ga pulling perhaps 10 amps, I only uncoiled around 15 feet.. The coil was much warmer than I liked when we finally got mains power restored and I put it away (Ran it from an E-Powered outlet to a power strip to run some computers) NOTE that it was pulling like half the rating of a 12ga cord.
The other time was around 100' of 8ga pulling less than 5 amps
It was lying in the sun.. The part in the shade was cold to the touch.