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Electrical Wiring With Hazardous Potential

By Dave Rongey - Summary:

How to Install Electrical Wiring the Safe Way – Some electrical equipment requires a separate dedicated 220 volt circuit that is not shared with any other device or equipment.

The Dangers of Installing Hazardous Electrical Wiring

Electrical Question: I have dryer hooked up to 220, can I hook up to one side of the receptacle with a 110 wire black, and the other white wire hooked to the ground going back to the panel box, in order to install a 110 light in the room?

This electrical wiring question came from: Frank, a Homeowner from Bradford, PA

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Frank.

How to Install  Electrical Wiring the Safe Way

No Frank, this is not an acceptable practice due to the fact that the 110 volt circuit would be not be protected for the normal 15 or 20 amps which is typical for 110 volt receptacle or light, and your dryer circuit does not have a separate insulated neutral wire. Furthermore, your dryer requires a separate dedicated 220 volt circuit that is not shared with any other device or equipment. Lastly, if this method of wiring was installed you would be endangering the dryer circuit integrity and anyone who uses this receptacle or light fixture.

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