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  • How to attach Receptacle (female end) to my 10/3 utility extension cord I am making?

    I just brought a 10/3 extension cord from Lowes (had to cut off the ends) then I attached a 6-50 Nema plug in at one end and now I am trying to figure out how my cord is held in the receptacle at the other?

    Does anybody have a pic of the 6-50 Receptacle and how the cord is held in there?????

    I am trying to make an extension cord for my welder.

  • #2
    Is it like this one?
    http://img162.imageshack.us/img162/4117/im000748dd6.jpg
    Or this one
    http://images.google.com/imgres?imgu...WE:en%26sa%3DN
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    • #3
      Here is a picture of a diff. receptacle but it shows how the wire is held in place....
      http://www.hometech.com/plc/so-zpcip30a.jpg


      EDIT: Here is a Nema 6-50 showing the cord retainer
      http://bronco.tophersworld.com/images/220_cord.jpg
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      • #4
        If you are using the box mounted receptacle you can also upgrade to an outdoor rated box and a water-tight cord connector, but 84ZMike has given you the two basic ways of doing the job.

        EDIT: You can see the outdoor rated box I used for my welder plug on the end of the cable running from the cable reel in this shot.
        Last edited by Wyoming; 10-27-2008, 10:16 PM.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by 84ZMike View Post
          Here is a picture of a diff. receptacle but it shows how the wire is held in place....
          http://www.hometech.com/plc/so-zpcip30a.jpg


          EDIT: Here is a Nema 6-50 showing the cord retainer
          http://bronco.tophersworld.com/images/220_cord.jpg
          Mine looks exactly like the Nema 6-50 in the last pic. What I need to see is how the clamp is secured on the cord and to the housing. In that last pic you can only see it partially.

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          • #6
            Here ya' go. Screw in to the receptacle and clamp to the cord.

            EDIT" Second shot is better...
            Or third shot of a watertight connector.
            Last edited by Wyoming; 10-27-2008, 10:43 PM.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Wyoming View Post
              Here ya' go. Screw in to the receptacle and clamp to the cord.

              EDIT" Second shot is better...
              Or third shot of a watertight connector.
              Mine did not come with any sort of screw that goes into the big hole of the receptacle.

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              • #8
                Do a search for NM / BX cable clamps. That'll get you familiar with what you're going to ask for at your favorite hardware or electrical supply.

                There are several body styles that we all use for the same thing, which is for retaining the cord. You either used the 1/2" or 3/4" knockout and you're going to buy a clamp to match that.

                http://www.electriciansupplies.com/i...x_Conduit_.htm

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                • #9
                  Another type of clamp just has little tabs on it. Take the clamp apart, hook the tab on each half-clamp inside the box, put the screws back in. Look at it a while, I'm sure it will come to you.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by 1320King View Post
                    Mine did not come with any sort of screw that goes into the big hole of the receptacle.
                    The screw is on the connector...as well as the nut that holds it onto the big hole of your receptacle. Check out the picture below and look for the large screw threads and castellated nut...right side of photo.
                    Last edited by Wyoming; 10-28-2008, 12:11 AM.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by 1320King View Post
                      I just brought a 10/3 extension cord from Lowes (had to cut off the ends) then I attached a 6-50 Nema plug in at one end and now I am trying to figure out how my cord is held in the receptacle at the other?

                      Does anybody have a pic of the 6-50 Receptacle and how the cord is held in there?????

                      I am trying to make an extension cord for my welder.
                      Maybe I'm underthinking it. Get a single gang metal wall box (I prefer metal if it's going to be bounced around), then buy the female version of the plug type, wire it up and screw it into the metal box.

                      If it's a 3 prong plug, green or the bare wire will go on the ground lead(top of the triangle). The other 2 don't matter, they are each 110 legs.

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                      • #12
                        Actually, I believe the OP was asking about the coupling connector, but if he is having such a difficult time of it getting that far he may need to know the wiring connections here soon enough.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Wyoming View Post
                          The screw is on the connector...as well as the nut that holds it onto the big hole of your receptacle. Check out the picture below and look for the large screw threads and castellated nut...right side of photo.
                          Nope, the receptacle I purchased did not come with that castellated nut. I will figure out a way though. Thanks!

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                          • #14
                            It should come with the Cord Clamp- perhaps someone opened the box before you.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by 1320King View Post
                              Nope, the receptacle I purchased did not come with that castellated nut. I will figure out a way though. Thanks!
                              Receptacles typically do not come with a cable connector due to the varying environments that the equipment will be used in...cable/cord, EMT, wet service connection, metal flex cable housing, plastic conduit, etc. It is up to the end user to select the proper cable/conduit connector for the specific need. The cable connector will have the nut included, or should have unless its been lost or purloined. Go down to your local hardware store and ask around...no use re-inventing the wheel for a 35 cent item.
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