07:05PM | 06/20/07
Member Since: 09/29/06
19 lifetime posts
I recently recieved a bunch of cable from a friend. He said that this stuff can be buried if needed. I don't know the "code" but I thought there were certain ways to run wire under ground. How can I dtermine what this wire is good for. Here are the markings on it. --> 14AWG/3C (UL) TYPE SOOW E123366 90'C SUN & WATER RES 600V CSA TYPE SOOW 90'C LL 103932 FT-2 -40'C P-7K-254013-MSHA 1004FT.

I am assuming that all of these markings mean something to somebody. I think I got all the numbers correct but some might be wrong. Is there a web site that will tell you what this all means and what they are good for. I would like to run power to my shed for a light and 1 outlet. thanks for any help.



11:04PM | 06/20/07
Member Since: 01/09/07
198 lifetime posts
A couple of the critical points are:

14AWG = #14 American Wire Gauge size. This can carry up to 15Amps current.

Type SOOW -- The wire type, See for some details. Basically, this wire s for heavy duty extension cords for stage lighting or industrial machines, where the wire is likely to abused (stepped on, run over by forklifts, etc.

I don't know for sure, but I do NOT think this cable is rated for direct burial -- I don't think it is sufficiently water-resistant. It would be a waste anyways, since this cable is more expensive than standard UF (Underground Feeder) cable. (But if you got this for free, that may not matter.) And a 15Amp circuit is not very much -- what use are you thinking of using this for?


04:59PM | 06/21/07
Member Since: 09/29/06
19 lifetime posts
I plan on supplying my shed with power for and outlet and 1 light. the outlet would be used for the odd power tool, shop vac, weed eater. that sort of stuff. this would be great for an extension cord. its very soft and flexible. Also, when you make an extension cord with 3 prongs,

black is hot, white is N and green is ground, correct !? the larger prong/receptacle is that the hot wire or Neutral? thanks again for responding.



07:52PM | 06/21/07
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
For Flexable Cords (what you have).

400.8 Uses Not Permitted

Unless specifically permitted in 400.7, flexible cords and cables shall not be used for the


(1) As a substitute for the fixed wiring of a structure

(2) Where run through holes in walls, structural ceilings, suspended ceilings, dropped

ceilings, or floors

(3) Where run through doorways, windows, or similar openings

(4) Where attached to building surfaces

Exception to (4): Flexible cord and cable shall be permitted to be attached to building

surfaces in accordance with the provisions of 368.56(B)

Section 368.56(B) provides the requirements for the installation of flexible cords

installed as branches from busways.

(5) Where concealed by walls, floors, or ceilings or located above suspended or

dropped ceilings

(6) Where installed in raceways, except as otherwise permitted in this Code

The flexible cords and cables referred to in Article 400 are not limited to use with

portable equipment. They may not be used, however, as a substitute for the fixed

wiring of a structure or where concealed behind building walls, floors, or ceilings

(including structural, suspended, or dropped-type ceilings). See 240.5, 590.4(B), and

590.4(C) for the uses of multiconductor flexible cords for feeder and branch-circuit

installations and for overcurrent protection requirements for flexible cord. See 410.30

for cord-connected luminaires.

(7) Where subject to physical damage

It is good for extension cords.

The Brass terminal is HOT, The Silver Terminal is the Neutral, and the Green terminal the ground.


06:23PM | 06/23/07
Member Since: 09/29/06
19 lifetime posts
This is gonna be one massive extension cord. I might be able to get power from the neighbor down the street. just kidding. thanks for the info.

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