Move a 220 Dryer Outlet

Old 05-31-05, 01:09 PM
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Question Move a 220 Dryer Outlet

Am moving the dryer to another wall in the partially finished basement. The 220 outlet needs to go on the opposite wall from where it is now. Since part of the way from the new position to the breaker box is finished, would it be better to cut the existing run, install a box and splice with a new piece of cable to run to the new position? I'm thinking that would the the correct way to do a 110 line, but are there any different considerations for a 220?


Old 05-31-05, 01:21 PM
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If your dryer receptical is the older, three-prong receptical, fed by three wire cable (no ground), you should start over with a new run to the new location. A four-prong receptical is required now. Since what you propose would be considered a modification of the circuit, it would be required to bring it up to todays code. More work, but you do end up with a safer installation than the old, three-wire circuit had. You will, of course, also have to replace your dryer cord with a new four-wire cord.

If you already have a four prong receptical, and four wire cable (three conductors PLUS ground), you can make the modification. Remember that your junction box will need to be PERMANATELY accessable. I assume you will either remove the portion of the cable going to the old location, or disconnect it, correct?

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