Convert 220 to two -110 lines


Old 04-29-03, 08:01 AM
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Convert 220 to two -110 lines

I have replaced my electric stove with a gas range.

I'm left with the 220 recepticle that I would like to convert to possibly two 110 recep. One will power a Microwave hood, the other to power 2 overcounter lights.

The fuse box uses 2 ganged 20 amp flip (don't know what they are called) switches that power the 220 outlet.

I DON"T want to run any new wires from the fuse box to the stove area!

Can I possibly run both the Micro and the 2 lights from one outlet?

How do I do this?

thanks, Frank
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Old 04-29-03, 09:14 AM
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It is possible to convert the 220 volt receptacle to 2 110 outlets , but it depends on your existing circuit. Is it a 4 wire circuit ? ie. 1 red ,1 black, 1 white, and 1 bare ground .
From your description of what you are trying to do, I gather that you don't have a very good working knowledge of electricity and urge you to purchase a book or two on wiring. There are several different ones available at the big box stores. One that is recommended often is by Black and Decker.
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You may not convert this to two 120-volt circuits, but you can convert it to one 20-amp 120-volt circuit, which should be plenty for a microwave hood and a couple of lights.

You (or some qualified person) will need to replace the double-pole breaker with a single-pole 20-amp breaker and a filler plate, swap out the receptacle, and add a switch and light boxes. As tex says, start with a good book or two, and then come back with questions. But working inside a panel is not necessarily a good novice project!
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