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    Default Separate circuit for gas dryer?

    I had a question while reading through this thread http://www.inspectionnews.net/home_i...-required.html and decided to start a new thread since this is an electrical question.

    If you convert to gas can you share the washing machine circuit for the dryer?
    Is there an acceptable way to convert the 240 circuit to 120? Junction box?

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    Default Re: Separate circuit for gas dryer?

    The dryer should be able to share the washer circuit.

    I would leave the 240 dryer receptacle alone.

    All answers based on unamended National Electrical codes.

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    Default Re: Separate circuit for gas dryer?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chris McIntyre View Post
    Is there an acceptable way to convert the 240 circuit to 120? Junction box?
    Remove the 240v breaker, replace with a 20amp 120v breaker
    Connect 1 wire of the electric cable to the breaker
    Connect the other wire to the neutral bus
    Leave the groung wire connected to the ground bus
    Replace the 240v dryer receptacle outlet with a 120 receptacle outlet
    Hot wire to the hot terminal (brass screws)
    Netural wire to the neutral terminal (white screws)
    and connect the ground wire to the ground terminal (green)
    Turn on breaker, test for outlet for proper voltage and polarity
    Install outlet cover
    Install blank cover in missing panel box cover.
    Replace panel box cover
    Don
    You now a have 120v outlet fro the dryer where there was a 240v outlet

    ' correct a wise man and you gain a friend... correct a fool and he'll bloody your nose'.

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    Default Re: Separate circuit for gas dryer?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Cantrell View Post
    Remove the 240v breaker, replace with a 20amp 120v breaker
    Connect 1 wire of the electric cable to the breaker
    Connect the other wire to the neutral bus
    Leave the groung wire connected to the ground bus
    Replace the 240v dryer receptacle outlet with a 120 receptacle outlet
    Hot wire to the hot terminal (brass screws)
    Netural wire to the neutral terminal (white screws)
    and connect the ground wire to the ground terminal (green)
    Turn on breaker, test for outlet for proper voltage and polarity
    Install outlet cover
    Install blank cover in missing panel box cover.
    Replace panel box cover
    Don
    You now a have 120v outlet fro the dryer where there was a 240v outlet
    Or just leave the electric dryer line alone and simply plug the dryer in with the washer.


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    Default Re: Separate circuit for gas dryer?

    Quote Originally Posted by Speedy Petey View Post
    Or just leave the electric dryer line alone and simply plug the dryer in with the washer.
    Well, I guess you could do it that way.

    ' correct a wise man and you gain a friend... correct a fool and he'll bloody your nose'.

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    Default Re: Separate circuit for gas dryer?

    You should not mess with the dryer circuit for a number of reasons, #1 being the 120 volt duplex receptacle isn't designed for a conductor that size, #10.

    Number 2, the confusion of translating the instructions could lead to a shock hazard.

    Number 3, someone could decide to shortcut the process by leaving the breaker as is in the panel, shock and fire hazard.

    Number 4, the dryer receptacle should be left there for future use. There are washing machine which heat water and run on 240 volts. New appliances are coming out all the time.

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    Default Re: Separate circuit for gas dryer?

    Quote Originally Posted by John Kogel View Post
    You should not mess with the dryer circuit for a number of reasons, #1 being the 120 volt duplex receptacle isn't designed for a conductor that size, #10.

    Number 2, the confusion of translating the instructions could lead to a shock hazard.

    Number 3, someone could decide to shortcut the process by leaving the breaker as is in the panel, shock and fire hazard.

    Number 4, the dryer receptacle should be left there for future use. There are washing machine which heat water and run on 240 volts. New appliances are coming out all the time.
    Leaving it alone is the best choice as not everyone has a gas dryer......


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