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Old 10-04-2011, 07:22 PM   #1
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I just removed a defunct washer/dryer combo in my condo. I bought a new LG stackable washer and dryer to go into the same small closet. The problem is that there is no 120V receptacle in the closet for the washer, just the 4 prong receptacle the old washer/dryer unit was plugged into. Is it possible to install a 120 receptacle off of the neutral and black wires in the dryer receptacle?

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Only if the dryer receptacle is removed and the breaker replaced with a 20 amp breaker. No lights and no receptacles in other rooms may be added to the black wire of that circuit.

(The red wire may be used for any other kind of 20 amp 120 volt circuit and share the white wire.)

This is not really recommended since the next owner of the house may want a dryer circuit. Stringing a new 120 volt 12 gauge circuit is preferable.

The actual requirement for a laundry area is an exclusive 20 amp 120 volt circuit with receptacles intended for a washing machine and/or a gas dryer. There may be receptacles served by other circuits in the same room or area.

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I think the OP means he needs a 120 volt receptacle in addition to the existing 4 wire dryer receptacle. A stacked washer and dryer are 2 separate machines each with their own cord.

No, you can not tap off that circuit for a 120 volt receptacle. you need to run a new cicuit from the breaker panel and it must be GFCI.
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I think the OP means he needs a 120 volt receptacle in addition to the existing 4 wire dryer receptacle. A stacked washer and dryer are 2 separate machines each with their own cord.

No, you can not tap off that circuit for a 120 volt receptacle. you need to run a new cicuit from the breaker panel and it must be GFCI.
Unless there is a sink close by, no need for gfci protection.
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Unless there is a sink close by, no need for gfci protection.
Really? Interesting. Do you have a article for this?
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Really? Interesting. Do you have a article for this?
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Really? Interesting. Do you have a article for this?
This would have been a perfect question for you to look up.
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This would have been a perfect question for you to look up.

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How is the kid going to learn if the parents do their homework?
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How is the kid going to learn if the parents do their homework?
I know better..it was 5:30AM and I was not fully awake.

I made sure that he has access to the NEC, so no excuses that he left it at work.
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I just removed a defunct washer/dryer combo in my condo. I bought a new LG stackable washer and dryer to go into the same small closet. The problem is that there is no 120V receptacle in the closet for the washer, just the 4 prong receptacle the old washer/dryer unit was plugged into. Is it possible to install a 120 receptacle off of the neutral and black wires in the dryer receptacle?
Are you asking if it can be done ?
Or if the code allows it to be done ?

Cause yes it can be done ! BUT !
Is it safe to do so !
Maybe yes! maybe no!

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