Can I Convert This Outlet To Standard 110v? - Electrical - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum

Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Electrical


Thread Tools
Display Modes
Old 07-29-2010, 02:14 AM   #1
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 1
Rewards Points: 10

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.
Attached Thumbnails
Can I convert this outlet to standard 110v?-plug.jpg  
rcll is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old 07-29-2010, 04:10 AM   #2
Electrical Contractor
kbsparky's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Delmarva
Posts: 3,368
Rewards Points: 2,000

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!

Life is uncertain -- eat dessert first!!
kbsparky is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Wiring a GFCI Outdoor Outlet from an Inside Outlet - Parallel or Series? Pacal Electrical 28 11-13-2010 03:36 PM
convert 220 outlet to 110? Jeremy Hillary Boob, PhD Electrical 24 11-22-2008 09:00 PM
Convert 220V to 110V wrldruler Electrical 13 09-15-2008 11:55 AM
power outlet and switch standard heights amakarevic Electrical 3 09-08-2008 09:05 AM
Convert an Outlet into a Switch? Geo747 Electrical 3 07-08-2007 10:23 AM

Top of Page | View New Posts