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TOPIC: Extension cord used to connect outdoor fountain; OK?

Extension cord used to connect outdoor fountain; OK? 11 years 2 months ago #43066

Dateline-Calif. Can an electrical cord be used to connect an outdoor fountain?
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Re: Extension cord used to connect outdoor fountain; OK? 11 years 2 months ago #43069

I can't give you opinion based on Cali standards, but I would personally call it out if the install is using the extension cord as a permanent wiring setup. I would also call out the sheathing which has been stripped back too far at the plug.  Both would get the same recommendation.

HAZARD/REPAIR: Extension cord used to power the exterior fountain should be replaced with a proper type of protected wiring (i.e. flex or rigid conduit) to prevent potential injury or a fault condition. All work should be performed prior to closing by a qualified electrical contractor.

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Re: Extension cord used to connect outdoor fountain; OK? 11 years 2 months ago #43070

Thanks Cameron, Mike

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Re: Extension cord used to connect outdoor fountain; OK? 11 years 1 month ago #43072



Permanently installed devices cannot use an extension cord.  Extension cords are for temporary use only.  Repair or replace by a licensed electrical contractor.

Probably also need to check for GFCI circuit.

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Bruce Ramsey, ACI

Re: Extension cord used to connect outdoor fountain; OK? 11 years 1 month ago #43074

Thanks Bruce

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Re: Extension cord used to connect outdoor fountain; OK? 11 years 1 month ago #43084

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Agree what the others said.
Last time I called this out, the repair turned out to be an $800 quote for labor and materials to run the branch and bury the 10 foot run in the yard just off a patio.

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