I kind of like the drill a small hole idea. It's illegal to staple down an extension cord, I think even an extension cord wired into and coming out of a box isn't legal. But, a cord going through a small hole with a new male end on it, I would think would be no problem! Remeber too, if you are not a licensed electricain, homeowners insurance still covers stupidity! If a home owner does something that common sense says should be safe, but is outside code, then insurance should cover it. If a licensed person does something outside of code, then the insurance company will want HIM to pay for it.