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post #9 of Old 06-20-2007
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SD, I think you had better define "shock hazard" for me. An adapter cord which is smaller guage may present an electrical hazard because it could overheat with amperage higher than it's rating, but it's not a shock hazard. Insulation is to protect against a given voltage and seeing as we are dealing with 120 volts the insulation has to be adequate for that voltage no matter the amperage. Without knowing what kind of adapter the marina is going to loan him you have suggested that Frank is entering into a very hazardous situation. I personnaly think that it at worst it may be slightly more hazardous even if the marina gives him home made adapters. A lot marinas have outlets on their dock pedistals that are not "in use" waterproof and the use of adapters at this marina presents no more of a hazard.
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