color of outdoor extension cords

phyllis__mnJune 18, 2008

Do they have certain colors for each gauge? I've noticed that different brands follow the same colors, i.e. yellow for 12 gauge, etc. I was going to buy a 12 gauge today, but saw the color was the same as the one I have at home for outdoor use.

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not to my knowledge. i know hardwire is color coded jackets, but as far as the cord is concerned i have seen every guage in every color!

    Bookmark   June 20, 2008 at 2:45PM
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I was afraid of that....I see now that the one I have is not nearly the size of the 12 gauge I saw in the store. SIL says he has a couple of the latter that I can have. I just bought an electric corded mower, and the grass may get rather high by the time he gets back to me with the cords! Anyway, thanks for your input.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2008 at 9:16PM
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"i know hardwire is color coded jackets"

Only certain brands,
It is not a code requirement.

    Bookmark   June 21, 2008 at 3:49PM
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i did not know that brickeye. i figured it had changed in teh code since white=14, yellow=12, etc.. no matter where you buy it now here. i guess the older all white regardless of guage is still available, though not in my area. i know many inspectors like you using the color coded so they can tell at a glance across teh room if it is proper guage or not.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2008 at 9:56AM
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