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    I know what you did, but why didn't you just change the 220 outlet that was there? I understand that it is not up to current code (two hots, ground and neutral) instead being two hots and neutral.
    Do you have other equipment that uses the old range plug?
    I am not trying to nitpick I just don't understand your reason unless it was for cost factor. I just did almost the same thing for my plasma cutter, I installed a surface mount receptacle (50A) and made up a 10/3 extension. The surface mount receptacle was about 7-8 dollars, but the box mount one was 34+dollars.

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    I'd suggest that anyone who does this at least get a cheap multimeter and verify the voltage relationships on all the receptacle connections BEFORE you plug anything into it. I cringed the whole time you were holding onto that nice, shiny handle that you may or may not have just made hot with 240VAC capable of 30-50A. I'm an electrical engineer, and I did my own wiring in my shop, but I'd never plug anything into an untested outlet, no matter how simple the wiring job. This is already sketchy (but I've done the same) since you are using neutral for your ground, but the hard way to find out that cord set isn't wired the way you think it is is to kill yourself when the ground turns out to be hot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meyer77 View Post
    I know what you did, but why didn't you just change the 220 outlet that was there? I understand that it is not up to current code (two hots, ground and neutral) instead being two hots and neutral.
    Do you have other equipment that uses the old range plug?
    I am not trying to nitpick I just don't understand your reason unless it was for cost factor. I just did almost the same thing for my plasma cutter, I installed a surface mount receptacle (50A) and made up a 10/3 extension. The surface mount receptacle was about 7-8 dollars, but the box mount one was 34+dollars.
    As stated in the video it's not my garage. There was equipment plugged in there before i got there and once i leave that equipment will more than likely go back into place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schuylergrace View Post
    I'd suggest that anyone who does this at least get a cheap multimeter and verify the voltage relationships on all the receptacle connections BEFORE you plug anything into it. I cringed the whole time you were holding onto that nice, shiny handle that you may or may not have just made hot with 240VAC capable of 30-50A. I'm an electrical engineer, and I did my own wiring in my shop, but I'd never plug anything into an untested outlet, no matter how simple the wiring job. This is already sketchy (but I've done the same) since you are using neutral for your ground, but the hard way to find out that cord set isn't wired the way you think it is is to kill yourself when the ground turns out to be hot.
    I agree and did test it before i did any work and before plugging in each component. I also had a certified master electrician verify my work before and after. I probably should have left that part in the video. I do appreciate the feedback, thank you.



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