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Author Topic: Where's a cheater plug when you need one?  (Read 172 times)

Jonathan Johnson

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Where's a cheater plug when you need one?
« on: Yesterday at 02:49:27 pm »

So I'm stringing up Christmas lights (2 wire, no ground), and the only extension cords I have that are long enough to connect the lights to the timer (also 2 wire no ground) are 3-wire cords.

I realized that I don't own ANY cheater plugs to hook the extensions into the timer. It wouldn't compromise safety, since the ground isn't used anyway.

Is it wrong of me to wish I had a cheater plug?
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John Roberts {JR}

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Re: Where's a cheater plug when you need one?
« Reply #1 on: Yesterday at 04:04:07 pm »

So I'm stringing up Christmas lights (2 wire, no ground), and the only extension cords I have that are long enough to connect the lights to the timer (also 2 wire no ground) are 3-wire cords.

I realized that I don't own ANY cheater plugs to hook the extensions into the timer. It wouldn't compromise safety, since the ground isn't used anyway.

Is it wrong of me to wish I had a cheater plug?
I have multiple ground adapter plugs in use around my house. I also have GFCI outlets wherever water/shock hazards exist.

JR
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Frank Koenig

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Re: Where's a cheater plug when you need one?
« Reply #2 on: Yesterday at 05:26:51 pm »

I realized that I don't own ANY cheater plugs to hook the extensions into the timer.

Same thing here. With all the old houses, and even some public spaces, I used to have about a half dozen of those things floating around. But I haven't felt the need for one in years -- a good thing. I do keep one in my gig bag, strictly as a test fixture for use by qualified personnel I assure you, but haven't used it. Everywhere I go is grounded and I have not had a hum problem that couldn't be solved with an audio isolation transformer in a long time. One venue did have some sort of grounding issue, solved with an extension cord, not a ground cheater, but even it got a major makeover with all new wiring a couple years ago. The world is better, at least in this regard. --Frank
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Re: Where's a cheater plug when you need one?
« Reply #3 on: Yesterday at 09:47:06 pm »

So I'm stringing up Christmas lights (2 wire, no ground), and the only extension cords I have that are long enough to connect the lights to the timer (also 2 wire no ground) are 3-wire cords.

I realized that I don't own ANY cheater plugs to hook the extensions into the timer. It wouldn't compromise safety, since the ground isn't used anyway.

Is it wrong of me to wish I had a cheater plug?

Similar situation here! I swore I had some more 2 wire cords and splitters around here somewhere...
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