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Old 02-13-2014, 01:45 AM   #1
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Wiring 220v in garage

Has any one ever wired in a 220v in there home/garage? Im want to buy a new welder and the one I want/need runs off a 220v. Im a mechanic so I do several electrical diags a week but nothin that could kill me. Ive wired in some 110v lights and sockets. Is it a pretty straight forward job I watched one youtube video of it but ive never messed with the electrical panel and it didnt look like the one I have from the outside. Have the internals changed at all in the past 30 yrs.,(age of my panel). Thanks in advance for any help or advice.
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Old 02-13-2014, 02:46 AM   #2
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If you don't understand it. Dont do it. Call an electrician. Sounds like you need a new breakerbox also. Adding a 220 breaker is no big deal. But it will kill you or burn your house down. If you don't use the appropriate breaker and wire.
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Old 02-13-2014, 12:50 PM   #3
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if your panel is that old, it may not have the space or capacity for anther 220 breaker

different panel manufacturers use different style breakers. you need to use the type that fits your panel

the wiring itself is fairly simple, but your system needs to be able to handle it
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Old 02-13-2014, 03:32 PM   #4
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Thanks for the info the thought of burning down the house never crossed my mind, I talked to one of the guys I work with turns out his dad is an electrician so im gonna have him take a look.
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I just had a lift put in my garage .I also had a 50A sub panel installed in the garage also.
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Old 02-13-2014, 06:28 PM   #6
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I'm in the same situation as you. I'm calling the electrician to hook my welder up because if a fire started from my welder, which isn't crazy uncommon on something that melts metal(I'd have a fire extinguisher nearby) insurance has grounds to deny your claim as that was never put in by a certified electrician so as far as they know it could have been done wrong.

It's not too much more expensive, you could even supply parts and so most of the labor but just to cover your bases it's a good idea
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