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Gas Blower w/ Electric startup cord question

Hi Everyone - 1st time poster here and a bit of a noob. I just bought a 24 inch craftsman gas powered snow blower with electric start. I will be putting this in my shed. There is an outlet right next to the shed that I plan on using to start the blower. I bought 12 foot extension for with the proper amps but the cord says indoor only. Do I need an outdoor cord for startup? Is there a difference in the cord like if it gets wet with snow or something? I'm a little confused. Thanks.

Oh and as a bonus question the only way to get to my driveway from the shed is to go onto the grass, is it ok to use a snowblower over grass or will that damage the lawn and/or the blower itself clearing a path to the driveway. Thanks!
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Indoor use means the cord itself isn't made of UV resistant material which could degrade or dry relatively quickly under the sun and the connectors are not weatherproof.

You can use it outside, just don't leave it on the ground when you're done with it. If you can hang it in a shed where it won't be rained on and it rarely sees the sun, I believe it's OK.

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As long as the skid shoes are adjusted correctly to keep the scraper blade off the grass it will be ok


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Thanks, just a tad worried if it gets wet from snow during startup, not sure if one for outdoor use would make a difference. I imagine they just shut off due to the gfci box I'd be plugging into?
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U can use a reg extension cord


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Indoor use means the cord itself isn't made of UV resistant material which could degrade or dry relatively quickly under the sun and the connectors are not weatherproof.

You can use it outside, just don't leave it on the ground when you're done with it. If you can hang it in a shed where it won't be rained on and it rarely sees the sun, I believe it's OK.

I second what broo said.
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You might find that the cord is somewhat brittle in cold weather. Do not coil it up to tight during storage and don't hang it on a nail. Put a wider bracket on the wall so that there will be a wider contact area on the insulation so that you don't form a dent in the jacket which might break when you uncoil in cold weather.

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thanks everyone.
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