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Old 04-19-2009, 03:50 PM  
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I bought a new clothes washer, and the plug in is 8 inches short the receptacle, so I found a short extension cord that is 3 prong, and the same gauge as the cord for the washer, and it works fine. The manual (yes, I even read it) said to NEVER USE AN EXTENSION CORD! Why not if it is rated the same as the cord for the washer, and it is short (4 feet long) so I am not losing juice over a long distance? Anyone see a problem with this? It is easier to do this then cut the drywall, put in a new receptacle when it is only 8 inches short? I cannot move the washer closer to the wall as the dryer is in the way.

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Old 04-19-2009, 04:48 PM  
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The concern is for connections and people using one that is too small of gauge. I would keep it as short as possible.



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You could buy a longer 3prong cord of same guage, remove the panel from the washer and hardwire it in. NOTE: This will most likely void your warranty!

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Don't worry about it. Their warning is to keep someone from plugging in 100 feet of 20 gauge extension cord and burning out the motor. Four extra feet of same gauge wire is fine.

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Old 04-19-2009, 05:38 PM  
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While I never advocated something that is non-compliant, they also say this about rooms air conditioners, yet they sell 3, 4, 5, 6 foot A/C extensions cords. I really don't see the harm in using something like that for your washer. Make sure it has at least #14 or #12 conductors.

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Title of thread: "Dryer Extension cord"

or a clothes washer as you discuss?

Which is it?
BIG difference unless the dryer is gas

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or a clothes washer as you discuss?

Which is it?
BIG difference unless the dryer is gas
Yeah, duh. How'd we miss that?

So which one is it?
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I'm assuming like everyone that it is a washer
Since he discusses a washer & states the dryer is in the way of getting the washer closer to the outlet. And the outlet is in the drywall
I've never seen a dryer outlet (240v) in the wall...but who knows

Just want to make sure

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And the outlet is in the drywall
I've never seen a dryer outlet (240v) in the wall...but who knows
Really? That's the only way I do them in new work.
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Well, most of the ones I have seen are in unfinished areas of basements



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