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Old 01-30-2019, 02:41 PM   #71
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I too have wrapped cord ends in a simple plastic grocery sack when out in the rain. Keeps the water/slush/snow out and the cord end dry. Make sure you use a heavy gauge cord and don't overload the house electical system.

Order of use for your electrical things IMHO should be.

1. block heater a few hours before you need to leave.

2. oil dipstick heater only when it's really cold out.

3. battery tender when it will be sitting not used for a few days.
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Old 01-30-2019, 07:32 PM   #72
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My review of the block heater:

GOOD LORD.

How have I lived so long without this?

Buster started up on the VERY FIRST TRY.
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That sounds awesome firebuild.
I am wondering if you can see the gfci from a window in the house? Does it have an led to show power on? Because they are so sensitive, I would look for that light all the time you are using it. If you can't see it maybe setup an old mirror that will let you see that led, whether on or off. If no light is on, out you go to reset the gfci.


Also, if you have enough slack on your cord, just lay it all in under the hood in wet weather.


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That sounds awesome firebuild.
I am wondering if you can see the gfci from a window in the house? Does it have an led to show power on? Because they are so sensitive, I would look for that light all the time you are using it. If you can't see it maybe setup an old mirror that will let you see that led, whether on or off. If no light is on, out you go to reset the gfci.


Also, if you have enough slack on your cord, just lay it all in under the hood in wet weather.


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Yes, I can see it from the window and have been watching to make sure it stays on!

I definitely have enough slack on the cord but not on the individual appliances. Each of them has no slack whatsoever. Which is why I just ordered a 3-pack of 2 foot extension cords - right now I can't get everything plugged in at once. Today I only had the block heater on, though, and it was plenty. Tomorrow is supposed to be colder.
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Outdoor rated cords (and wire) are referred to a code that begins with an "S".
Hmm, I thought the "W" was the outdoor signifier. (Weather)
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Just be careful plugging all of that in. You might exceed the capacity of the house circuit having all of that plugged in at the same time.
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