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The wire on garbage disposal is to short

The wire on my garbage disposal was to short so i need to add about one foot socan i use 16-3 plug to run my garbage disposal safely? the motor is a badger 5 1/2 horsepower

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I would use a 14/3 Gage wire as the smallest. !^ gage is to small.

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