Garage Electrical Circut Question

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Old 12-28-12, 08:29 PM
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Garage Electrical Circut Question

I have a Lincoln Electric wire feed welder and I just bought a house and it keeps tripping my breaker, currently a 15amp breaker. I was wondering if I could swap out that breaker for a 20 amp and the wall outlet I use for my welder to a 20amp. Will my other outlets on the circuit that are 15amp still work properly and be safe? I'm pretty sure the low voltage lighting in my front yard it plugged into that same circuit.

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Old 12-28-12, 08:47 PM
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I was wondering if I could swap out that breaker for a 20 amp and the wall outlet I use for my welder to a 20amp.]
No. While depending on duty cycle you might be able to use a 20 amp breaker on #14 for a dedicated circuit you can't for a shared circuit. Welders are relatively high amperage devices that should be on dedicated circuits.

Give us all the specs on your welder, voltage, primary amperage (not output), and duty cycle.
 
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