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Block heater cord issue.

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by dieselss, Jan 11, 2015.

  1. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
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    Having an issue with my block heater cord tripping my gfci plug when it's wet or frozen. Right this moment replacing the heater cord don't strike my fancy.
    Replacing the end is what I'm thinking, and somehow insulated the wires with sealing tape.
    Anyone else have this issue? Ideas on fixes?
    Also not looking to put on those plug sockets that have the flapper opening either.
    03 ,350
     
  2. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,548

    Block heater..,,,,fancy!
     
  3. dellwas

    dellwas Senior Member
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    Wonder if the liquid tape would work as opposed to sealing tape? I've used it on exposed wires and it works fine.

     
  4. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
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    Yes, I don't like to smoke out my neighbors...Bahahaha...
    Also I like a nice warm butt when I sit in the seat.....
     
  5. Just replace to the cord from the element it just plugs on to it
     
  6. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
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    True, getting to it in this balmy weather and the fact that my chickie didn't shovel the drive means it's still snow covered and hard pack.
    No, it's factory ran and a pain to get at with the lower inner fender guard and the plow mount. Really a pain
     
  7. Sawboy

    Sawboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,591

    Mine would blow the GFI non stop. I've found the GFI's are just too touchy. I bought a very good, 100' , 12 gauge extension cord, run from the garage door opener outlet. Never an issue anymore. And I added a three way under the hood. Battery minder and block heater when plugged in :)
     
  8. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
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    Exactly! Only blows when it's slightly wet. I know it's the truck cord tho.
    I just don't wanna wake up to lights and fire engines at my door one day.
     
  9. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
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  10. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
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    Exactly what I DON'T want Lmfao.....
     
  11. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
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    Ur no fun.....lol
     
  12. Sawboy

    Sawboy PlowSite.com Addict
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    I plan on doing the "Marinco" mod at some point. Opening the hood to plug and unplug is a PITA, can't wait to get it mounted to the bumper. I lack the tools and the ability to do it properly though.
     
  13. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
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    That's that plug in a housing with a flapper door right? If so that's what our big trucks have/had. They kept freezing shut, or snow and ice would get jammed packed in there and corrode out the plug.
     
  14. derekslawncare

    derekslawncare PlowSite.com Addict
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    I cut the plug end off of the cord under the front bumper that goes to my block heater. I bought an emersion heater for my central hydro tank. I took the wire under the bumper and spliced it with plastic wire nuts, (inside an electrical junction box just like all the connections are done in in your house) onto a length of wire I bought at lowes and ran it back to where the hydro tank is on the driver's side and mounted a junction box to the frame rail of the truck. Took the plug I cut off the front and the wires from emersion heater and joined them in the junction box with plastic wire nuts and sealed box. Now, the plug for my block heater is on side of truck in front of rear axle and is protected from the elements by the overhang of the flatbed. So, now when the block heater is plugged in, it is also warming the hydro tank at the same time which helps when I get to my first account, the fluid isn't thick as molasses and the pump doesn't howl like a dieing moose. Real easy and convenient to unplug as I get into the truck and all connections are in weather tight boxes. No tripped breakers, as long as I don't try to run the air compressor in the garage at the same time the truck is plugged in, as both outlets in the garage are protected by the same breaker.
     
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2015
  15. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
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    That sounds like a nice mod for a flatbed, mines a pickup so I'm kinda limited as to the location.

    I'm thinking of cutting off the end, and splicing in a section of double insulated cord and heat shrinking the whole cord that'll be exposed.
     
  16. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
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    I think I got it fixed.
    From this

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  17. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
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    To this.......

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  18. Why do you have 2 cords
     
  19. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
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    one is for the coffee pot, second for seat warmer.

    other plug (out of view) is block heater
     
  20. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
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    Microwave, and tv. Then the block heater

    I have no clue. Factory Ford too. The other end was a male 2 plug.