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I don't know the techinical names but I need an extension cord that I can connect between two light strands.  The problem with Vampire plugs is that they have one wide prong.

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Polarized Plugs are a PITA !   I grind them, snip them, file them - whatever it takes.   I get the safety issue, keep the threaded part of the socket the neutral side of the circuit,  but I don't plan on sticking my finger in them anyway... lol 

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1 hour ago, salamber said:

Can you do that

between non polarized light strands...yes.  There is nothing plugged into the other end of the extension cord that is protected anyway.

I don't snip them....just rock them back and forth and apply a lot of pressure....they wear on the female end and it will go in

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They plug is polarized to prevent fire, electrocution and death.  Force, file or grind to get the thing to plug in.  But at the same time understand the risks involved.  People conduct electricity just as electrical wires do. 

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Old busted strands of lights. Greatest cheapest extension cords ever. Most will still send power from male to female even with all bulbs pulled. Made a little inventory of bulbs that way too. If it ever breaks or just stops working no big deal.

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11 hours ago, Douggg said:

plug is polarized to prevent fire, electrocution and death

100% agree....but realize once you plug that non-polarized light strand in the polarized wall outlet there is no polarization to the female plug at the end.  Plugging a polarized extension cord to the end of the light strand is just using its 2x wires to extend the strand just like the 2x wires already existing in the strand...except they are much larger gauge.  So you are not creating a dangerous situation, unless you then were to plug a polarized item (blow up, motor, etc) into said extension cord.  Regardless, that extension cord is still GFCI protected and limited by the fuse in the first light strand. 

Those polarized extension cords are labeled "indoor use only", because they do not have the 3rd grounding lug.  So using it outdoors is already violating it's design. 

10 hours ago, dchackert said:

Old busted strands of lights. Greatest cheapest extension cords ever

I strip out the solid wires and use the plug ends to create extension for many of my strands.  2 min to solder them up and is a great place for the boy to learn to solder.  Just realize there is another fuse in that male plug when troubleshooting.

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18 hours ago, salamber said:

Can you do that @NDNS00ner?

Yes, you can for LED Christmas lights.  I sure wouldn't do something like that for power tools.  lol

Go to Dollar Tree or some other dollar store and get cords for a buck.....

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Burned garages and house from electricity?  It happens.  I alive not to far from Santa Rosa California where electrical fires burned down thousands of homes.  

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They plug is polarized to prevent fire, electrocution and death.  Force, file or grind to get the thing to plug in.  But at the same time understand the risks involved.  People conduct electricity just as electrical wires do. 

Yup

 

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I snip off the ends only if I have to. And only for short runs nothing that carries any large amount of electric load.

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On 11/13/2017 at 2:37 PM, qberg said:

between non polarized light strands...yes.  There is nothing plugged into the other end of the extension cord that is protected anyway.

I don't snip them....just rock them back and forth and apply a lot of pressure....they wear on the female end and it will go in

Same thing I do.. they will go in afterwards lot easier

On 11/13/2017 at 4:33 PM, dchackert said:

Old busted strands of lights. Greatest cheapest extension cords ever. Most will still send power from male to female even with all bulbs pulled. Made a little inventory of bulbs that way too. If it ever breaks or just stops working no big deal.

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Funny you say that, I am using a old set this year that none of the lights were working but it works for a cord. as im in need of more drop cords i was thininking of removing the bulbs but wasn't sure it would still work w.o them.

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Old busted strands of lights. Greatest cheapest extension cords ever. Most will still send power from male to female even with all bulbs pulled. Made a little inventory of bulbs that way too. If it ever breaks or just stops working no big deal.

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I have actually wandered about this. Would using one with the bulbs out present a problem if it rains though?

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It could.   Electricity has been known kill.  Best to use the proper tool for the job,  I was once told of aa carpenter who used a gun as a hammer....  But only once. 

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45 minutes ago, Douggg said:

It could.   Electricity has been known kill.  Best to use the proper tool for the job,  I was once told of aa carpenter who used a gun as a hammer....  But only once. 

I don't know my Hilti gun uses a .22 shell to drive fasteners quite well. Hehe

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It could.   Electricity has been known kill.  Best to use the proper tool for the job,  I was once told of aa carpenter who used a gun as a hammer....  But only once. 

What would be the proper tool here then? If you have a run of 4 or 5 led strings and need to connect to another string 15 or 20 feet away. Or a lighted Marque at the top of an arch that doesn't have enough cord to reach but you don't want to add more lights and a thick outdoor extension is way over the top.

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11 hours ago, vette-kid said:

Would using one with the bulbs out present a problem if it rains though?

I would say yes....however, just cut the empty sockets out.  You will be left with 4 sockets then (the ones that had 3 wires)...The 3 wire sockets have 1 wire in and 2 wires out, cut the wire that goes to the next socket on the side with 2 wires.  Now just fill those 4 empty sockets with hot glue or silicone and you instantly have an 18' extension cord.

44 minutes ago, vette-kid said:

What would be the proper tool here then?

No one makes an unpolarized or un-grounded extension cord that I know of. 

1.  You can run a strand between them and tape or cover the unwanted bulbs.

2.  push a polarized plug into the end as I said earlier.  This is not dangerous...the polarized plug is not some magical device that is defeated at the end of a strand of lights.  You already defeated the polarized plug feature when you plugged in the first strand of lights to the outlet, so it does not matter that you are using a polarized extension cord between lights.  Everything after that first strand is unpolarized....however, it is still protected by GFCI.  There is nothing dangerous, you won't die, and you are not defeating any safety measure at that point.  Just push hard and wiggle the plug into the female end of the strand.

3.  Make your own custom extension cord using plugs from old strands of lights.  Easy way with no soldering is as I said above.

 

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I just made one from an old string. Easy enough, kept the four bulbs in as they don't light anyway. Hot glue is a good idea though, might do that. Thanks for the tips.

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Just get some zip cord and a male and female zip cord plugs.  Cut to any length.  No solencts, hot glue or bulbs to worry about. 

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