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House from '65, all 4 bedrooms have a wall unit A/C plug beneath one window. Two horizontal flat holes with a ground below. These plugs are not in use, and, with house being old, there are no other grounded outlets in the bedrooms.

I want to convert them to a conventinal two plug, three prong grounded outlet so I can hook up a computer/vacuum/surge protector/etc.

Can this be done using the current in wall wiring?

Do I not need to convert to 110v from 220v or are the plugs already 110v? How can I be sure?

Thanks in advance! -Dylan
 

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Check the outlet with a meter, see which breaker shuts the outlets off. If it's a double pole breaker it's 220V.
 

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Your description sounds like a nema 6-15r. that is a 15 amp 240 volt receptacle. The receptacle could be converted to 120 volt. You would need to rewire the connections in the electrical panel and change the receptacle.
 

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I will most likely have an electrician do it. I'm comfortable with rewiring and interior stuff, but I've never been inside the breaker box...


Called around, talked to a licensed master, quoted $200 including parts to do two outlets and breakers, competitive price?
 

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Checked voltage at both outlets...0!

All breakers are on, outlets are connected correctly, confirmed no voltage at wires either.

I'm guessing they disconnected these when they converted to central A/C.

The breaker box was converted from a Federal Pacific to outside Square D when we moved in, so I'll check the old box for any disconnected circuits.
 

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Pulled the panel cover for the Federal Pacific box, found two circuits clipped and tucked to the side. Tested both for continuity with hot and neutral for the 240v outlets and they match up.

Now I just need to wire them back into the system. Form the looks of it, when they converted over to the new box they left the neutral and ground in the same space and ran the hots to the new box.

Can I do the same or do I need to run home a 12/2 w ground through the pipe to the new box?

Attached a pic for detail. If you see anything crazy/wrong please let me know. (The two free wires at bottom are one of the circuits, the other is visible barely on the left side of the box about half way down, twisted with a hot.)
 

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You have serious issues with the neutrals! When you had the service changed, did you hire a licensed electrician who pulled a permit? This should have NEVER passes inspection!

I can't tell for sure, but it appears that the only neutral between this junction box and the main panel is the metal conduit connecting the two. VERY dangerous!
 

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To expand on the above the code requires all conductors of a circuit to originate in the same panel. It looks like the circuit neutrals were left in the old panel.
 

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The change was made after our home inspector found the Federal Pacific box. He was a licensed guy our realtor suggested.

Looks like I need to have this fixed soon.

The two green wires are 10 gauge that run to the new neutral bar
 

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Pulled the panel cover for the Federal Pacific box, found two circuits clipped and tucked to the side. Tested both for continuity with hot and neutral for the 240v outlets and they match up.

Now I just need to wire them back into the system. Form the looks of it, when they converted over to the new box they left the neutral and ground in the same space and ran the hots to the new box.

Can I do the same or do I need to run home a 12/2 w ground through the pipe to the new box?

Attached a pic for detail. If you see anything crazy/wrong please let me know. (The two free wires at bottom are one of the circuits, the other is visible barely on the left side of the box about half way down, twisted with a hot.)
:eek: I would have that guy come back to make those neutrals go back to the main panel.
 

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It also appears that your home is wired with ungrounded romex. Legally, you cannot install a 3 prong receptacle that is not GFI protected.
 

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Discussion Starter · #14 · (Edited)
About half is UNgrounded, an addition was added in 86 and it is all three wire.

Those two circuits I want to hook back up are already three wire.

I should add to that that all of the two wire WITHOUT ground in the house are on two prong outlets. The only circuits in the house with three prong outlets are 12/2 WITH ground.
 

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Talked to the electrician, he is going to come out early next week. Looked into it a little more, the main groubding cable for both the new and old box go to the same grounding rod, but the only connection between the two neutral bars are the two green wires that run from one to the other.

I've attached some picture of the new box with the panel removed, just in case you guys see anything else that needs to be remedied.

The section that goes down the side of the house is the run from the old box. The section that runs up the outside wall is all of the wiring from the addition, and the electrician did run of all the neutrals and grounds with that wiring.

So my main task for him is to move the rest of the neutrals and grounds to the new panel? As you see now, he ran most of the wiring to the left side, but the only current neutrals are the two green wires that he ran from the old neutral bar to the new.

Subquestion: My contractors' electrician added a motion sensor outdoor light to the breaker that runs the current outdoor lights, but, instead of feeding off of the end of the circuit, he ran the wire back to the panel and has two hots on the very bottom right hand breaker. If you look to the bottom of the box, it is the extra punch out with a single 14/2 coming out.
 

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