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Nathan Riddle

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10/3 SOOW Extension Cord
« on: June 19, 2018, 02:23:25 pm »

I'm having a hard time finding info (search here & google) on where to get 10/3 SOOW Extension Cords.

Are people making or buying?
UL listed?
Labeled?


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We checked my needs (see convo below).

Where do you buy your SOOW 10/3?

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I want to upgrade my neon green 12awg 100ft SJTW E-cords

Saw this on the fourms at one point, nice that they label the cords for you.
SJTW - 12awg - labeled

But I wanted less voltage drop. So I was thinking of upgrading to 10awg
SJEOW - 10awg - lit end

But then I was thinking just go all the way and get SOOW. Or is SJEOW enough? (it isn't)
« Last Edit: June 19, 2018, 04:46:41 pm by Nathan Riddle »
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Re: 10/3 SOOW Extension Cord
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2018, 02:48:26 pm »



I've never seen premade cords with molded ends made with SOOW. Not saying they don't exist, but I've always just built my own because I could never find any.
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Re: 10/3 SOOW Extension Cord
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2018, 03:43:34 pm »


I've never seen premade cords with molded ends made with SOOW. Not saying they don't exist, but I've always just built my own because I could never find any.

Thanks, glad to have a confirmation on that. Got a source for SOOW cable & nema connectors you like?

Can a handmade cord be UL listed?
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Re: 10/3 SOOW Extension Cord
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2018, 03:49:45 pm »

Thanks, glad to have a confirmation on that. Got a source for SOOW cable & nema connectors you like?

Can a handmade cord be UL listed?

I order all my s(j)oow cable from my local electrical supply house (Viking Electric).  They cut to length and deliver next day at no additional cost.  Itís pretty awesome.  When you factor in labor itís waaaaay cheaper than Home Depot.

I donít believe shop made cables can be listed.  The UL listing is for the whole assembly.  I suppose you could send them in to UL for testing....
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Re: 10/3 SOOW Extension Cord
« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2018, 04:06:05 pm »

I donít believe shop made cables can be listed.  The UL listing is for the whole assembly.  I suppose you could send them in to UL for testing....

In that case my next question is UL listed SJTW or SJEOW cable better than SOOW cable for entertainment industry?

Specifically for me needs, I'm not being inspected by any AHJ and don't expect to be anytime soon.
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Re: 10/3 SOOW Extension Cord
« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2018, 04:33:25 pm »

My understanding of the NEC (I'm not an electrician) is that SO is required by the NEC for on-stage use. SJ is allowed if protected by a raceway or is not otherwise "on the deck."  To minimze inventory, I have SO for just about everywhere, even overhead lighting. I doubt I'll ever get a visit from my AHJ, but I want to do the right thing (and follow industry standards.)  YMMV, local codes may be different, etc.
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Re: 10/3 SOOW Extension Cord
« Reply #6 on: June 19, 2018, 04:41:49 pm »

My understanding of the NEC (I'm not an electrician) is that SO is required by the NEC for on-stage use. SJ is allowed if protected by a raceway or is not otherwise "on the deck."  To minimze inventory, I have SO for just about everywhere, even overhead lighting. I doubt I'll ever get a visit from my AHJ, but I want to do the right thing (and follow industry standards.)  YMMV, local codes may be different, etc.

That's my understanding as well.

I take it you bought a/multiple 1000ft rolls of SOOW and NEMA ends and created your own cords then?
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Re: 10/3 SOOW Extension Cord
« Reply #7 on: June 19, 2018, 06:30:05 pm »

That's my understanding as well.

I take it you bought a/multiple 1000ft rolls of SOOW and NEMA ends and created your own cords then?

Not exactly. As a small-time operator, I have bought up to 250' at a time, but not a 1000' spool. I usually buy all black Leviton NEMA 5-15 ends in lots of 10. I also make NEMA - powerCon cords in batches. If I was smarter (or better capitalized) I'm sure that I could have saved some money buying a 1000' spool. (Although the weight and size of a 1000' spool might have done me in before I got anything built.)
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Re: 10/3 SOOW Extension Cord
« Reply #8 on: June 19, 2018, 07:08:17 pm »

Thanks, glad to have a confirmation on that. Got a source for SOOW cable & nema connectors you like?

Can a handmade cord be UL listed?

Hi Nathan - You have a Graybar in town.  I buy a ton of Cat cable and stuff from them so we get a good discount.  I can order a 1000' spool and you can pickup at will call saving the shipping. 

I also agree on the Leviton plugs and sockets.  If you are in the mood to spend money I would seriously look at putting the OA Winsor boxes on the end. I wish I did.

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Re: 10/3 SOOW Extension Cord
« Reply #9 on: June 19, 2018, 07:51:13 pm »

Hi Nathan - You have a Graybar in town.  I buy a ton of Cat cable and stuff from them so we get a good discount.  I can order a 1000' spool and you can pickup at will call saving the shipping. 

I also agree on the Leviton plugs and sockets.  If you are in the mood to spend money I would seriously look at putting the OA Winsor boxes on the end. I wish I did.

Graybar? Never heard of them.

They're in Panamacity and Pensacola both are about 1hr away.

That'd be great. I can't afford 1000' roll right now. Only need 3x 100ft 10awg cords for most of my needs. 500' would be good though. (That way I can afford OA Windsor :p I'll probably just make 3x 100ft cords to start.

Thanks

Pretty good price too $1.28/ft for 250ft roll. I don't understand why the 500ft roll is more?

https://www.graybar.com/store/en/gb/soow-black-portable-cord-cable#{Conductor%20Size:10%20AWG}
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