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Tool Crazy Lady 08-21-2008 12:20 PM

Moving a 220 line from 6 ft up to 2 ft up from the floor
Is there something special I need to know (like how to do it) to move my 220 line which was installed for stacking washer and dryer. The plug from the dryer sticks out too far the wall , I need to move up, down, or left or right. How do I do it without killing myself and burning my home down?

daxinarian 08-21-2008 12:28 PM

Same way you move a 110 circuit. Shut off the power at the electrical box and then move it.

Although depending on how the wire is run, you may have an issue. If the existing wire will reach where the new outlet will be, no problems.

But if the existing wire dosen't reach you need to splice it, and I believe that splice needs to be "Accessible", as in contained in a box with a cover (so you have a blank cover in the middle of your wall.) What might be better in either case is to leave the existing outlet where it is, and add a new outlet (powered from the first outlet) in the new location. That way, if you (or a future owner) ever decide to go back to the way it was you will have that option.

SD515 08-21-2008 08:55 PM

If you don't feel comfortable doing electrical work, then get a pro to do it for you. As far as ease of moving it...a couple things come to mind. Is the box that actually holds the receptacle surface mounted, where you can see the box itself, or is it recessed, where you only see the cover (usually flat) and the 'plug in outlet'?? Is there an open ceiling basement below or a crawl space..or an apartment??

And Dax, you are correct on the splicing you speak of. It would have to be accessible.

Tool Crazy Lady 08-21-2008 09:44 PM

Moving 220 line
Thank you for the info. The problem is I am not afraid to try anything, I just wanted to know if there was something special. There is a crawl space which is easily accessible to the electrical wiring. As for the splice, I am okay with putting a cover over it. Where I am moving the line any person can use the new plug as easily as the old one, a standard dryer cord will be long enough. The reason I need to move it is that it sticks out of the wall too far and prevent my door from opening. I need the 2"!

SD515 08-21-2008 10:16 PM

Almost every electrical job involves something 'special' that a competent electrician needs to know. Sorry to be vague, but it's the truth. I can't count how times I've shaken my head, or said 'Tsk-tsk' on stuff I've seen. I don't look at it as being picky, I just try to do the best, safest work I can.
Is the box recessed or surface mounted?? I should have asked before to be sure...can you see the wire? Is it in a conduit (pipe)? Are you looking to move the box and the wire?? And you're sure it's a 220V plug (large plug on the end of the dryer cord)??

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