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Old 05-25-2011, 05:28 PM   #1
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Default Finding a 10/3 240v 30a gfci cord.....

I have spent the last week surfing the web learning more than I care to about gfci cords in my quest to find a reasonable priced one.

EBay appears to be out and I am reluctant to pay $150+ for one.

Any help on where I can find and buy one would be wonderful.

I blame KAL but that is another thread......

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Old 05-25-2011, 07:11 PM   #2
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The Ebay store that I purchased mine from was friesen electric. While I was considering, they sold out and were re posted a couple times. It might be worth e-mailing them to see if they'll be listing any more. they're a sreamin' deal at about $75 shipped.

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Old 05-25-2011, 08:37 PM   #3
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I have one that is available if anyone is interested. It is the same one that Friesen Electric was selling on eBay. I bought it for my build but I am moving and no longer need the GFCI power cable as I will have a GFCI breaker that I will be using. I paid $75 for it plus I had to pay to get it shipped here to Hawaii. If anyone is interested, PM me and I will sell it for what I paid plus shipping (cheapest method which will probably be Priority Mail Flat Rate).

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Old 05-26-2011, 01:34 PM   #4
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I'm in the same boat. I emailed Friesen and they said that they have no stock or ETA. Not exactly the friendliest people ever. Maybe they got overwhelmed and sick of homebrewers buying these cables?

I think I'm going to go with the HD spa panel route. I'll either use the panel as my control panel (if I can cram everything in there) or pull the GFCI breaker out and put it in another enclosure. Ends up being about the same cost after buying a power supply cord. Less, if I don't end up needing another enclosure.

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If someone finds another source please post it because I'll need to order one in the coming months. Cheers!

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at these prices one might as well bite the bullet and install a GFI breaker. I just added a 60 amp GFI breaker to my box. the breaker was $99 online. I needed to make space, so i also had to buy 2 double switch breakers so that i could consolidate some space. those ran me an additional $12 each.

But I also brew about 10 feet away from my breaker box so the wiring from there is cheap and easy.

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at these prices one might as well bite the bullet and install a GFI breaker. I just added a 60 amp GFI breaker to my box. the breaker was $99 online. I needed to make space, so i also had to buy 2 double switch breakers so that i could consolidate some space. those ran me an additional $12 each.

But I also brew about 10 feet away from my breaker box so the wiring from there is cheap and easy.
I think most folks are trying to make use of an existing 3-hole dryer outlet. You can drop A GFCI breaker in your panel to drive the wiring that runs to that receptacle, but this leaves you with no ground wire where you plug in. You just get GFCI protected hots and neutral.

I think the GFCI cords that these guys are talking about take 3-wire in from a dryer outlet and then pass on 4-wires on further. Basically, splitting the neutral into one line that is allowed to carry current and another line that is not allowed to carry current and can be used as a ground connection in the panel.

to the OP: if you can't find the cable, you can always build one by using a spa panel that basically sits in-line on a power cable. A GFCI spa panel can be found for like $50. Attach a short 3-wire cable and 3-prong plug to it to plug into the dryer outlet and then have another 4-wire cable coming out of it that feeds on to your brewery.

Depending on how long you wanted the overall cable to be, this will cost you around $75.
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I think most folks are trying to make use of an existing 3-hole dryer outlet.

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You are right on the money. I posted something about this a couple of days age:
help-figuring-out-power-situation-gfci-cord-247245/index2.html#post2948423
It has a pix with the wireing illustrated.
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Home depot sells the Carol brand of 10/3 for$ 2.18 per foot.

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Home depot sells the Carol brand of 10/3 for$ 2.18 per foot.
Lowe's has 10/3 for like $1.80, I think.


This place has 10/3 for $1.10:
http://www.stayonline.com/detail.aspx?ID=15113

and 10/4 for $1.60:
http://www.stayonline.com/detail.aspx?ID=18361

You'll have to pay shipping unless you live in the Raleigh NC area, but it's still probably a better deal than lowe's or HD.
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