This is going to sound like a dumb question, but here it is anyway. I
bought a 15 amp 240v double pole circuit breaker at Lowe's to convert my new
table saw to 240v. Along with it and the wire, I needed a new 240v
receptacle outlet to plug the saw into. The sales person told me I needed
a 30 amp receptacle because I was using a 15 amp double breaker, basically
2 - 15 amp poles = 30 amps. That just sounds wrong to me. Am I
right in thinking that I need a 15 amp outlet?
Thanks for any help.
You need a NEMA 6-15 receptacle (15 amps), just like you thought. I might
have used a 20A breaker and a 15A duplex receptacle in anticipation of
adding a dust collector (etc) later and letting it share the circuit with
the table saw.
Ah, no. 15 amps, is the max either breaker will pass (I hope). I'm
guessing you aren't an electrician, and I strongly suggest you get
someone install the circuit for you. Better Safe than Dead.
tom @ www.Consolidated-Loans.info
First, yes, asking questions is a great idea, to prevent a problem.
What scares me is that, anyone would even alleged these people working
at HD/Lowes are experts scares me. They are not doing the work, so
they clearly have no investment in you doing it safely. I gutted a
garage's wiring, because someone followed the advice of a orange apron
wearing 'expert' over and over, till I looked at it.
The basis for why so much was wrong, was the home owner never thought
there was a problem, so never asked a question.
LIke I said, becareful and get someone qualified to do the work. Being
smarter than lowes sales person really isn't being qualfied. ;)
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