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Old 11-06-2012, 05:33 PM   #11
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1. You would be MUCH better off utilizing the ground in your 10/3 w ground instead of running the extension cord.

2. The way this is wired, your branch circuits are not properly protected. 12ga wire to your GFCI is only rated for 20A.

Nothing I see explains the slow heating (other than by design at only 1500W), but the tripping GFCI's could be related to the multiple connection your using for ground.

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Old 11-07-2012, 12:45 PM   #12
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1. thanks. I'm going to ask my landlord if we can switch that out. I think it's against code not to have a ground now.

2. The cord to my gfcis from the 10/3 outlet is a 30A dryer cord. The 12/3 cord is wired from each outlet to each heat stick. Is that still a problem?

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Old 11-07-2012, 01:05 PM   #13
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Yes, any part of the circuit that wont handle 30A is potentially a problem (fire hazard). In this case the 12ga wire, 15A or 20A outlets and probably 20A max switches. Also the heat sticks are rated for min and max circuit protection, and I would think in your case that will be 15 min and 20 max. It's one of those things that may never become a problem, however if it does, it can be a BIG problem.

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Old 11-08-2012, 01:23 PM   #14
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Thank you,501IrishRed, that was really helpful. Okay I think I'm good now unless I run into more problems. Thanks everyone for all of your help with this issue.

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