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Ralph

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Please help. I have 16 wire frame snowflakes on my roof, to light the snow flakes I use 16- 150ft heavy duty extension cords. Can I use spt-2 wire to make extension cords to run the snowflakes from the lor boxes. The havey duty cords are just way to heavy for me to keep lifting to my roof. and if i souldnt use spt 2 then what is the lightest cord i could use.

thanks for your help everyone!

Ralph:121_reindeer:

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Please help. I have 16 wire frame snowflakes on my roof, to light the snow flakes I use 16- 150ft heavy duty extension cords. Can I use spt-2 wire to make extension cords to run the snowflakes from the lor boxes. The havey duty cords are just way to heavy for me to keep lifting to my roof. and if i souldnt use spt 2 then what is the lightest cord i could use.

thanks for your help everyone!

Ralph:121_reindeer:

That's what I use. I use both 14/2 and 16/2 for all my snowflakes on the roof. It really depends on how big your wireframes are but you should be fine.

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Please help. I have 16 wire frame snowflakes on my roof, to light the snow flakes I use 16- 150ft heavy duty extension cords. Can I use spt-2 wire to make extension cords to run the snowflakes from the lor boxes. The havey duty cords are just way to heavy for me to keep lifting to my roof. and if i souldnt use spt 2 then what is the lightest cord i could use.

thanks for your help everyone!

Ralph:121_reindeer:

Yes, I don't think you are going to pull that much current to each snowflade but you might check to insure.

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Yes, I don't think you are going to pull that much current to each snowflade but you might check to insure.

Oh man that sounds great, My back thanks you.!:santasmileyitty:

now i need to make a new raido sgin and mega tree top....yeah!:eek:

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Oh wait......were talking about stp 2 right. not 1. i use spt-1 on my leeping arches. spt-2 just looked to wide.

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Ralph,

I also have snowflake on my roof. Each flake has only one strand or maybe 150 minis. I use left over mini lights wire to hook up mine. You're only pulling half amp at most.

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Heck spt-1 18ga is good for what about 5 amps. Even if you have to run 150' you should not have to worry about voltage drop if you are only drawing .5 to 1 amp. And spt-1 18ga has be cheaper than spt-2 16ga. So, by all means, save your back.

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Heck spt-1 18ga is good for what about 5 amps. Even if you have to run 150' you should not have to worry about voltage drop if you are only drawing .5 to 1 amp. And spt-1 18ga has be cheaper than spt-2 16ga. So, by all means, save your back.

wow thats great. thanks again everyone. can you please tell me this i just went to my local had wear store and bought 250 ft of the 18/2 wire for a little under $60.00 bucks, does that sound reasonable to you guys, or am i getting ripped off.

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Not too bad for a "need it now" and small quanity. Close to Lowes / HD if memory serves. On line it's a little less than half that, but larger quantity. Like 1,000'.

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That sounds fairly close to what I paid at H.D. a few months ago. Course there might be minor difference based on where you live. Higher or lower cost of living in different parts of the country.

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That's pretty close to our Lowes. I went to skycraft surplus for mine this year. I got it at $0.07 / ft., but I also purchased 6,000 ft...

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wow thats great. thanks again everyone. can you please tell me this i just went to my local had wear store and bought 250 ft of the 18/2 wire for a little under $60.00 bucks, does that sound reasonable to you guys, or am i getting ripped off.

CLS has green spt1 on 1000' spools on sale for $85.00, normally $100.00 Sale ends on 11/1

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