Use dryer outlet for welder


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Old 07-13-14, 05:43 AM
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Use dryer outlet for welder

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I'd like to plug my 220V welder into my dryer receptacle since I don't have room in my panel to add another 220V outlet. I'd never have to use both devices at the same time, so no problem.

The plug ends however are different so I'm wondering if I could make up a cord to convert the welder plug end into one that fits the dryer. The circuit for the dryer has two 30 amp breakers on it.

Attached is are pictures for both plug ends.

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Old 07-13-14, 05:53 AM
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Welcome to the forums!

Just so you know, the breaker is not two 30 amp breakers, it is a two pole, 30 amp breaker. Also your voltage is 240, not 220.

While the best option would be to install a sub panel to get the breaker spaces you need, but you certainly can make an adapter cord to use the dryer receptacle. Just get a piece of 10/3 SOOW cord, a 30 amp 4 wire plug, and a 30 amp 3 wire cord cap. The neutral connection on the 4 wire plug would not be used.
 

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Great, thanks.

Where is the neutral connection on the dryer plug? e.g. 12, 3, 6 or 9 o'clock on the picture below?

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Old 07-13-14, 06:46 AM
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It is the one that looks like an "L". It will be marked as "neutral" or "white" on the plug and the screw will likely be silver colored.
 
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X=hot
Y=hot
G=ground
W=neutral
 
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Thanks everyone,

On my way to Lowes!

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Old 07-13-14, 08:18 AM
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The proper fix to use your welder is to have a licensed electrician install the appropriate subpanel instead of using a hack-job homemade adapter.
 
 

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