Moving 220V to Another Location


Old 11-16-13, 10:47 AM
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Moving 220V to Another Location

Growing up in Texas, I built everything from scratch, wired everything, re-wired large lamps (almost like street lights) in the backyard.

We are looking at possibly getting a new humidifier (I don't know which one just yet) but he said it was 220V. We have a 220 line coming in and it is pretty much right above the furnace / water heater - leads to the dryer (but we use gas).

The quote was $400 but when I pointed out the above, they said maybe $150 - $200. However, how difficult is this really? I can turn the breaker off (way back when) I was working with live wires.

So I really don't see a problem - I cut it, roll it up (for the dryer) and I will have the original ten ft or so of extra installed wire already to install an outlet.

Is there anything I am missing (or am I making it too basic)/

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Old 11-16-13, 11:11 AM
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It would be 240 not 220. If this is old 3-wire cable for a dryer it can't be used because it has no ground and the unneeded white wire can't by code be remarked as a ground. If it is 4-wire or in continuous metal conduit it can be used. However the breaker size may need to be changed.
Old 11-16-13, 11:28 AM
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We would need to know the ampacities of both the new and old circuits.

If the new unit is straight 240 you might be able to use a 2 conductor plus ground cable.
Old 11-16-13, 06:43 PM
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We have a 220 line coming in and it is pretty much right above the furnace / water heater - leads to the dryer (but we use gas).
What kind of cable is this? Any markings on it? Or is it conduit?

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