Pellet Stove AC Tester Line Cord

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Minister of Fire
Feb 1, 2010
Salem NH

There are many times you may need to test a pellet stove 110 volt Auger, Blower, light etc.

An unused 3 prong computer AC cord, some Radio Shack Tester/Jumper leads with alligator clips (278-001) and insulated quick disconnects (6403049) will do the trick. See pic

Also suggest 3 prong to 2 prong adapter for older homes and use a white alligator clip for the larger blade on the 2 prong ground/neutral side.

Green Alligator clip for chassis makes a safe ground.

When you cannot clip the alligator clips on a male lug just pull the alligator wire apart and use the male spade to supply power to a female clip!! See Red Arrow below!

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NEMA 5–15 (North American 15 A/125 V grounded)

The NEMA 5-15 plug has two flat parallel blades like NEMA 1-15, but also adds a grounding blade.[11] It is rated for 15 amperes at 125 volts. The ground pin is longer than the live and neutral blades, so the device is grounded before the power is connected. Both current-carrying blades on grounding plugs are narrow, since the ground pin enforces polarity. NEMA 1-15 plugs are also compatible with NEMA 5-15 sockets.

Cheater plug adapters allow a grounding plug to be fitted to a non-grounded outlet. Proper grounding depends on the NEAM 1-15 outlet having a grounded cover-plate mounting screw (which often is not the case), and the grounding tab of the adapter being tightly connected to that screw.

The 5–15 socket is standard in all of North America (Canada, the United States, and Mexico. It is also used in Central America, the Caribbean, northern South America (Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela and part of Brazil), Japan, Taiwan and Saudi Arabia. Looking directly at a NEMA 5-15 outlet with the ground at the bottom, the neutral slot is on the left, and the live slot is on the right. Outlets may be installed oriented with the ground at the top, or on either side. Typically connections are:

Ground: bottom, round hole, green terminal, green or bare wire
Neutral: top left, larger flat slot, silver terminal, white wire
Live/hot: top right, narrower flat slot, brass terminal, black wire (or red wire for 2nd live circuit, top and bottom socket are then separated)

In some parts of the United States and all of Canada, tamper-resistant outlets are now required in new construction. These prevent contact by objects like keys or paper clips inserted into the receptacle.[13]
5–20RA (Canada) or 5-20R (USA) T-slot receptacle mounted with the ground hole up. The neutral connection is the wider T-shaped slot on the lower right

In theater lighting, this connector is sometimes known as PBG for Parallel Blade with Ground, Edison or Hubbell, the name of a common manufacturer.[citation needed]


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Nov 12, 2006
Great idea. Works good. But be careful, these are known as "suicide cords" and are outlawed in my work place. Possibly OSHA too.
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