Using 110v appliance in 220v circuit?

Old 03-11-05, 08:41 AM
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Using 110v appliance in 220v circuit?

Is there an adapter made to allow me to plug a 110v appliance into a 220v socket, something that just taps off one side of the circuit? I need a dedicated 110v circuit, and it would be handy to use the 220v line I no longer need in my laundry room. Thanks in advance!

Old 03-11-05, 09:01 AM
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There are no adapters available (or at least available for the homeowner) like this, for a reason. The 220 circuit in your laundry is probably a dryer circuit. As such, it is probably 30 amp. It would be extremely unsafe to run normal 120 loads on a 30 amp breaker.

The best solution is to run a new circuit for your needs.

The second best solution would be to convert the existing circuit into a 110 circuit. This can (most likely) be done by changing the breaker and the wiring at the main panel, and then by changing to a different receptacle in the laundry.
Old 03-11-05, 09:22 AM
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There are such adaptors that have fuses in them. That solves the 30-amp vs. 15-amp protection problem. I would only consider them safe if the dryer receptacle has four holes in it, although I believe they make them for three-hole dryer receptacles too. Of course not everything you find in the stores is safe.

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