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Old 07-29-2010, 02:14 AM   #1
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Can I convert this outlet to standard 110v?


Hi, I'm very new to this so I'd appreciate any help.

There is an outlet that looks like this picture, it has a round ground pin and two horizontal flat blades, the left one is shaped like a T.

I believe it was used for a large air conditioner and has its own circuit, think 220v.

The other circuit in the room is overloaded and blows the breaker fairly often. I'm told the wiring in the wall is too old or thin gauge to safely put a higher amp breaker on the overloaded circuit.

Is there a converter or adapter I could use to plug standard 3 prong 110v devices into this outlet? Can I change the outlet itself?

Thanks for any advice.
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Can I convert this outlet to standard 110v?


IF that outlet is on a dedicated circuit, it should be easy to convert to a 120 Volt:

Find the breaker that controls it (should be a 2-pole 20 Amp), and disconnect the white wire from it. Reconnect the white wire to your neutral bar. You do not need to replace the breaker.

Change the outlet to a standard 120 Volt duplex type.

All done!

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