We have a 220 outlet in what is now our shop. We would like to split it so we can use that outlet. This 'shop' was once a laundry room.
We have two breakers @ 30 amps each. Yes to 220 outlet fed by breaker.
Thank you for asking your question on You are corresponding with Jason - Your personal online "Electrical Consultant"Thank you for the additional information. You will need to figure out which breaker feeds the outlet you want to convert. Remove the breaker and replace it with a single pole 20 amp breaker. You may need to buy a second single pole breaker to fill the other hole in the panel cover. There are also "filler plates" available for this purpose.
Connect the black wire for the circuit to the single pole 20 amp breaker. If there is a white wire connected to the old double pole breaker, remove it from the breaker and connect it to the neutral bar. If there is a red wire connected to the breaker, and the white wire is already on the neutral bar, remove the red wire from the breaker and cap it off at both ends.
At the other end, where the new 110 volt outlet goes, you will use black and white to feed the new outlet. Black goes to the gold screw, white to the silver screw. Don't forget to ground the outlet, if there is a ground wire in the circuit. If there isn't a ground wire, let me know.
My sweetie believes there is a ground but if not, what is our next step?
There is only a black wire to the breaker.
That means it is at least a 3 wire outlet. In order to put out 125 and 250 volts, it would need 1 black, 1 red, and 1 white wire connected to it. If it has a 4th wire, that would be the ground wire.
Voltage from black to red would be 240 (250) volts.
Voltage from black to white OR red to white would be 125 volts.
It would require a double pole breaker to get 240 volts at the outlet.
Are you able to take a picture of the breaker and post it here?
It is a 3 prong outlet. Bottom looks like an upside down L. At 2;00 flat slant. At 10:00 the same slant .
Is this it?
I strongly suspect this outlet is wired for 220 volts, so there should be a double pole breaker in your panel with a white wire connected to it. The other wire on this breaker should be black. Have you removed the panel cover to look for such a breaker?
There are 2 options here to determine what needs to be done. You can buy a basic digital volt meter for about $20 and take a voltage reading from black to white.
Or, you can rig up a cord and do some testing at the outlet to determine whether it is wired for 220 volts. If you choose this option, let me know so I can give some instructions. Keep in mind that this is somewhat dangerous.
we are going to get a volt meter. Can we get back to you so we don't have to start over ? How does this all work ? Thank you so much for your time and great info. You are the man.