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bucs12day 01-18-2013 05:25 PM

thmostat changed to outlet ?
 
I have a thermostat that controls baseboard heating. I have removed the baseboard heaters and would like to use the wiring for the thermostat for an outlet. Is this possible?i hooked it up and everything i plug in doesn't work anymore. too much juice i guess. is there a way i can do this?

Canarywood1 01-18-2013 05:34 PM

Do you mean an electrical outlet??

joecaption 01-18-2013 05:37 PM

Well that's one way to burn your house down.
Time to call in a pro.
Most baseboard heat is 220 volt, no nutral, by doing what you did may have made a dead short.

DexterII 01-18-2013 05:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by joecaption (Post 1096651)
Time to call in a pro.

I concur. Please do come back, because there are a LOT of maintenance items associated with home ownership, and a lot of good people here to assist you, but this one has the potential of going south on you real quick.

joed 01-18-2013 05:54 PM

The baseboard heaters are operated at 240 volts. When you connected a receptacle and plugged things in you applied 240 volts instead of 120 volts.
To make this function properly you need to change the wiring in your breaker panel so this circuit has a 15 or 20 amp breaker controlling it and is set up for 120 volts.

bucs12day 01-18-2013 05:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by joecaption (Post 1096651)
Well that's one way to burn your house down.
Time to call in a pro.
Most baseboard heat is 220 volt, no nutral, by doing what you did may have made a dead short.

but is there a way to use the wiring for an outlet? or should i just cap the box

bucs12day 01-18-2013 06:00 PM

thanks joed thats what i thought


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