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# 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… By: Dave Rongey

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[ad#block]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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This article looks at common 120 volt and 240 volt house wiring circuits and the circuit breakers that are installed identifying the types and amperage sizes used in most homes.

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## The Safest Way to Test Electrical Devices and Identify Electric Wires!

The Non-Contact Electrical Tester
This is a testing tool that I have had in my personal electrical tool pouch for years, and is the first test tool I grab to help identify electrical wiring. It is a Non-contact tester that I use to easily Detect Voltage in Cables, Cords, Circuit Breakers, Lighting Fixtures, Switches, Outlets and Wires. Simply insert the end of the tester into an outlet, lamp socket, or hold the end of the tester against the wire you wish to test. Very handy and easy to use.

## The Quickest Way to Check for Faulty Electrical Wiring!

The Plug-In Outlet Tester
This is the first tool I grab to troubleshoot a problem with outlet circuit wiring. This popular tester is also used by most inspectors to test for power and check the polarity of circuit wiring.
It detects probable improper wiring conditions in standard 110-125 VAC outlets Provides 6 probable wiring conditions that are quick and easy to read for ultimate efficiency Lights indicate if wiring is correct and indicator light chart is included Tests standard 3-wire outlets UL Listed Light indicates if wiring is incorrect Very handy and easy to use.

## Strip Off Wire Insulation without Nicking and Damaging the Electric Wire!

The Wire Stripper and Wire Cutter
My absolute favorite wire stripping tool that I have had in my personal electrical tool pouch for years, and this is the tool I use to safely strip electrical wires.
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The wire gauges are shown on the side of the tool so you know which slot to use for stripping insulation.
The end of the tool can be used to grip and bend wire which is handy for attaching wire onto the screw terminals of switches and outlets..

The wire stripper will work on both solid and stranded wire. This tool is Very Handy and Easy to Use.

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