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How to setup the power extension cord that crosses walkway

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How to setup the power extension cord that crosses walkway

I am trying to set up the Christmas lighting on the front lawn. However, I can avoid having the power extension cord that crosses the 3 feet walkway. I wonder other than duct tape it on the ground (which will come loose after raining and snowing, and it also affect my snow shovelling), what other options do I have? Or I should just scrap the idea?

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
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Dec 19, 2009
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rdx wrote: I am trying to set up the Christmas lighting on the front lawn. However, I can avoid having the power extension cord that crosses the 3 feet walkway. I wonder other than duct tape it on the ground (which will come loose after raining and snowing, and it also affect my snow shovelling), what other options do I have? Or I should just scrap the idea?

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
Dig a tunnel under your walkway and feed it under.
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Apr 20, 2011
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Alternatively something like this:
https://www.lowes.ca/cord-covers/wiremo ... 91631.html
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You should be able to anchor it to the ground on the ends to hold it in place.

But underground or putting up a pole to let the cable cross high is the only way around not having it on the walkway.
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I would use a big outdoor mat like this:

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Nothing will stick to your cold concrete walkway in the winter so any type of "cover" (duct tape, channels, etc.) will shift, so the big mat will still cover the cord even when it shifts around and may not shift around that much since it has so much surface area. A hassle when shovelling, admittedly.

If this is just the walkway used only by you and your neighbour (and you tell them about it), then it should be fine as it won't be used often and only by people who know the cord is there. If this would be walked on by everyone coming to your door, there's too much chance of it being a trip hazard, even if something is covering it, and I would try to go overhead with a couple of poles instead.
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Do what I do for the situation.. I run the cord from the backyard.
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I wouldn't bother. If someone trips on it, or if some snow clearing rips it up, or whatever, why is it worth the hassle? The sidewalk here isn't even your property, it's the city's so.........
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zeon64 wrote: Do what I do for the situation.. I run the cord from the backyard.
Same. It suckers but I dont use the sideyard much this time of year.
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Drew_W wrote: I wouldn't bother. If someone trips on it, or if some snow clearing rips it up, or whatever, why is it worth the hassle? The sidewalk here isn't even your property, it's the city's so.........
this, its common to have block heater extention cords on the sidewalks around here in the winter.
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Drew_W wrote: I wouldn't bother. If someone trips on it, or if some snow clearing rips it up, or whatever, why is it worth the hassle? The sidewalk here isn't even your property, it's the city's so.........
I am not sure it is the city sidewalk he is talking about, he simply said the "3 feet walkway".
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JEDI Force wrote: I am not sure it is the city sidewalk he is talking about, he simply said the "3 feet walkway".
You are correct. My lot doesn't have side walk ;) Anyway, I have changed my mind as I don't want to leave anything on my walkway. It is an eye sore and don't want to forget it when I run my snow blower ;) This, I have re routed the wire on the other side of the lawn with minimal traffic
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Mar 18, 2012
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rocking23nf wrote: this, its common to have block heater extention cords on the sidewalks around here in the winter.
Your city obviously doesn't plow your side walks than. Cords out to vehicles over a public sidewalk would drive me nuts.
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RHarrison wrote: Your city obviously doesn't plow your side walks than. Cords out to vehicles over a public sidewalk would drive me nuts.
with the exception of a few sidewalks, homeowners are responsible for clearing the sidewalks.
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rocking23nf wrote: with the exception of a few sidewalks, homeowners are responsible for clearing the sidewalks.
We're talking about public sidewalks and not private walkways, right? I don't know what it's like in other cities, but in Montreal, the city clears all sidewalks.
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psyko514 wrote: We're talking about public sidewalks and not private walkways, right? I don't know what it's like in other cities, but in Montreal, the city clears all sidewalks.
in Edmonton the city does roads, and some common trails and paths, all sidewalks would be the business or home owners job to do. and you get a ticket if you don't.

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