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Old 03-07-2012, 08:02 AM   #1
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Need to make a 3 foot section with a plug at each end. The gauge is ,( as I understand it ) #6 4 stranded. Do the big box stores sell this wire? Does it have to be a certain type for use in a power cord ( indoor/ outdoor ) ?
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Yes the big box stores do sell it. It is 6/4SO or SOOW. Good thing you only need about 3'.
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You could but a range cord and the female end to make it a little easier.
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Yes the big box stores do sell it. It is 6/4SO or SOOW. Good thing you only need about 3'.
Thanks. What's the SO and SOOW? I've seen AWG ??
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You could but a range cord and the female end to make it a little easier.
Thanks. Can you tell me more about the range cord? Never heard of that before.
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He means the cord they sell to connect an electric range (stove) to a wall socket. The male end is the same as an RV 50 amp connection. You will need to purchase a socket (female end) to mount on the other end.

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He means the cord they sell to connect an electric range (stove) to a wall socket. The male end is the same as an RV 50 amp connection. You will need to purchase a socket (female end) to mount on the other end.

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Is it 6/4 ?
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Looks like the hot lead conductors are:

Shop Utilitech 6' 6/2 & 8/2 SRDT, 3-Pole 4-Wire Range Cord at Lowes.com
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Need to make a 3 foot section with a plug at each end. The gauge is ,( as I understand it ) #6 4 stranded. Do the big box stores sell this wire? Does it have to be a certain type for use in a power cord ( indoor/ outdoor ) ?
Just curious ; why? Do I want one too ???
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I thought I needed 6/4. Is 6/2 and 8/2 sufficient for a 50 amp power cord?
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Just curious ; why? Do I want one too ???
No problem. I am installing a 50 amp portable progressive surge protector in a basement compartment. I need to make a 3-4' cord coming from ceiling of compartment ( where power cord comes down from transfer switch in bedroom ) to plug into surge protector.
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I thought I needed 6/4. Is 6/2 and 8/2 sufficient for a 50 amp power cord?
Interesting question. For a range, I expect it's impossible for the hot leads to get a load so imbalanced that you need heavier than 8 gauge for the neutral. And if the ground ever takes that large a load, you have serious other problems.

Off the cuff, I think you're probably safe with the RV cord too. Really depends on how your panel is set up and if your loads are reasonably balanced between the two phases.

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Interesting question. For a range, I expect it's impossible for the hot leads to get a load so imbalanced that you need heavier than 8 gauge for the neutral. And if the ground ever takes that large a load, you have serious other problems.

Off the cuff, I think you're probably safe with the RV cord too. Really depends on how your panel is set up and if your loads are reasonably balanced between the two phases.

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Thanks Joe. I have the plugs, so my best bet would be to get a length of 6/4 and be sure. I still don't know what SO and SOOW means. Does it have to say that on the wire?
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Home Depot had 6/4. $ 5.50 a ft. EEK

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