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I was using my Porter Cable 7424 today for the first time. After about 2 hours it shut off. I waited awhile and then tried it and it worked. It did this about 8 times. It did get kinda hot, but it also did it when it was cool. Weird part was 1 time it did it I had just did a angle and it acted like it was dying, but then speed up. Any suggestions? And before Junkman jumps on it, I have the washer on it.

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You know he's going to ask you about the extension cord your using too :D:D:D

 

That EXACTLY the first thing I was going to ask (get outta my head Bill before you find my porn collection :D)!

 

Look at the gauge wire that is on your PC. It is printed on your PC's cable. Now, what gauge extension cable are you using? Is it a bigger gauge (smaller number) than the gauge of your PC's cable?

 

I'm dying to hear the answer!

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The cord is 18 gauge. I think my extension cord is 16 gauge. I am going to buy a 14 tomorrow. That should be enough Junkman right? Oh prob 50ft long to.

 

 

That seems more than efficient. but i dont think the pc should have heated up with 16 guage.

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The cord is 18 gauge. I think my extension cord is 16 gauge. I am going to buy a 14 tomorrow. That should be enough Junkman right? Oh prob 50ft long to.

 

I made this chart which describes the recommended extension cord specifications. This information is based on data which is contained in the operator's manual which can be downloaded in PDF form here (you must have the free Acrobat Reader installed in order to open and view this document).

 

The manual specifically states that an undersized (extension) cord will cause a drop in line voltage resulting in loss of power and overheating! Remember, gauge and ampere are both equally important so you must ensure that your extention cord meets both specifications!

 

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Verify your extension cord gauge and ampere. I would bet that it is your problem.

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I'm having heating problems on my PC also , so how do you tell what gauge wire you have on the ex. cord?

 

But I also read in the owners manual, to use six inch pads and not put any pressure on the unit when using, so I'm not really sure why my unit is getting hot, it is 3 or 4 years old.

 

Any help????

 

TIA

Bluezey

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I'm having heating problems on my PC also , so how do you tell what gauge wire you have on the ex. cord?

 

But I also read in the owners manual, to use six inch pads and not put any pressure on the unit when using, so I'm not really sure why my unit is getting hot, it is 3 or 4 years old.

 

Any help????

 

TIA

Bluezey

 

If over the years, you have been using the wrong size extension cord then you may have already done damage to the PC. Try this, get a chord that is physically bigger than the cord on the PC. Make sure that the ampere rating is correct according to the chart above. See if the PC still gets hot. Let us know.

 

Your PC can be serviced, although the cost of a new one is pretty cheap. You would have to see what someone would charge to fix the old one first.

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I bought a 50ft 14 gauge cord Friday and had no problem with it Saturday. It got warm but not hot. I consider in problem solved. Thanks to the Junkman!!! Oh by the way the cord was $18.

 

 

 

Glad you figured the problem out.

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I am glad it is working right for you now.

 

This is the cord I bought for my PC. A Husky 14 gauge 50ft. green cord. I keep it in a plastic storage box with my PC and 2nd gen pads.:2thumbs:

 

http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10051&langId=-1&catalogId=10053&productId=100661457&N=10000003+500848+90401

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I am glad it is working right for you now.

 

This is the cord I bought for my PC. A Husky 14 gauge 50ft. green cord. I keep it in a plastic storage box with my PC and 2nd gen pads.:2thumbs:

 

http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10051&langId=-1&catalogId=10053&productId=100661457&N=10000003+500848+90401

 

20 bucks aint a bad deal!

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