our leased barn has no electricity going to it. there's conduit, a junction box, some light switches, floodlights, an outlet or two, etc. just nothing going TO the barn. the people we're leasing from said somthing about using a long extension cord. this is lease is lease-to-buy. in six months it'll be ours. at that point we'll have a certified 'lectrician come out and run a new line from the street especially for the barn. in the meantime, what are my options? electricity will have to come from a dedicated 20AMP breaker with one GFCI outlet on it, 175' away. it has a nice weatherproof cover on it. looks safe enough. in the barn are approximately eight floodlight bulbs of unknown wattage. off the outlet in the barn i plan on powering using a 7" circular saw and a run-of-the-mill drill. CAN i power the aforementioned lights and tools off a 175-200' extension cord plugged into an outlet on a 20AMP breaker? what gauge of wire does the extension cord require? i don't want to cut the end off a perfectly good 200 foot extension cord just so i can wire it into this junction box. is there any reason i can't buy a male cord end (such as you would use to repair the end of an extension cord) and wire it into the junction box with some romex and plug my female extension cord end into it? i know this isn't the Electrical 101 board. i hope that my situation is sufficiently in keeping with the make-do philosophy of homesteading. jury-rigging electrical connections isn't normally my cup of tea. don't want to burn the barn down before it's even mine.