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Old 11-28-2014, 07:34 PM   #21
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Well that's a start anyway. GFCI can be annoying, but they are only seeing conductivity between neutral and ground. Technically you might still have an issue.

Something funny on ours - we always seem to forget to turn off our ACs, one or the other, sometimes both. Can't seem to find that off in the middle. I pulled up to the house and grabbed a 100' yard cord on a reel for the weedeater to plug our RV in just enough to run the vacuum. While the vacuum was on, the AC came on and I didn't hear it. Kid started yelling because the coil of cord still on the reel was smoking. By the time got outside it burst into flame like a roman candle and melted in a pile right in the middle of the driveway. I replaced the weedeater cord but bought some 20a heavy duty cords to plug in the Redwood when at home.
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Old 11-30-2014, 01:27 AM   #22
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Well that's a start anyway. GFCI can be annoying, but they are only seeing conductivity between neutral and ground. Technically you might still have an issue.

Something funny on ours - we always seem to forget to turn off our ACs, one or the other, sometimes both. Can't seem to find that off in the middle. I pulled up to the house and grabbed a 100' yard cord on a reel for the weedeater to plug our RV in just enough to run the vacuum. While the vacuum was on, the AC came on and I didn't hear it. Kid started yelling because the coil of cord still on the reel was smoking. By the time got outside it burst into flame like a roman candle and melted in a pile right in the middle of the driveway. I replaced the weedeater cord but bought some 20a heavy duty cords to plug in the Redwood when at home.
Ha ha you're polluting the air with that toxic power cord melt down
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Old 11-30-2014, 01:39 AM   #23
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Well that's a start anyway. GFCI can be annoying, but they are only seeing conductivity between neutral and ground. Technically you might still have an issue.

Something funny on ours - we always seem to forget to turn off our ACs, one or the other, sometimes both. Can't seem to find that off in the middle. I pulled up to the house and grabbed a 100' yard cord on a reel for the weedeater to plug our RV in just enough to run the vacuum. While the vacuum was on, the AC came on and I didn't hear it. Kid started yelling because the coil of cord still on the reel was smoking. By the time got outside it burst into flame like a roman candle and melted in a pile right in the middle of the driveway. I replaced the weedeater cord but bought some 20a heavy duty cords to plug in the Redwood when at home.
Remind me again....what was your day job???
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Did you have that outlet wired directly to the main Power Grid??
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Old 11-30-2014, 05:56 PM   #25
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Boy it was toxic as heck Dan- smelled for a month out there.

Goes to show Michelle and Ann! A breaker has to see the heat to trip, and if the cord or undersized wire is absorbing the heat, the breaker will stay closed until destruction. I always think of folks that swear they can run two ACs and all their appliances on 30A, but don't realize their 30A cord is like a toaster element out there and they can be pushing as much as 40-50-60A through that breaker
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