# Converting Power From An Electrical Outlet

 I am wondering if there’s any way to convert the power from a standard outlet to be able to plug in my machine without any rewiring or the like…

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Question: I recently purchased a vacuum chamber (multivac c250) which is rated at 110v and 20amps. I live in an apt building in new york city. The grounded cord attached to the machine is grounded and the prongs are perpendicular to each other rather than the usual parallel. I am wondering if there’s any way to convert the power from a standard outlet(s) to be able to plug in the machine without any rewiring or the like. thanks!

This electrical question came from: Mihir, a Handyman from new york, new york

Thanks for your electrical question Mihir.
Mihir, this particular vacuum equipment requires 20 amps of power, that’s why it has a 20 amp plug configuration. If you were to alter the wiring or plug type it still would not change the fact that the vacuum requires 20 amps of power to operate. Using this vacuum on a smaller circuit may trip the circuit breaker because of the necessary 20 amps of power that it needs to operate.

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