15 years ago
know what I have in my garage before I call in an Electrician.
Anyway, I'll soon be purchasing a Thermadyne Plasma Cutter, Miller TIG
welder and Grinders and such (Plasma and MIG are both 240 volt) and
before I buy them, I want to be sure that I can use them !
I currently have a breaker or box of some sort in my garage that is
connected to the main panel (the garage is attached by a concrete
walkway to my basement..)
The panel in the garage seems to be a simple breaker box. However the
cable that goes to it from the main is quite large. I was wondering
if this is perhaps something that can be used for 240v outlets ? If
that makes any sense what so ever...
The cable from the MAIN BREAKER ( described withing as a "2 pole
common 100 AMP Main Breaker" ) goes to the small Garage breaker
(distance of about 20 feet of cable) is printed: "General Cable and
Wiring Company" and is " 8 AWG, Type NMD 7, NYLON, 90 degrees celcius,
300 Volts " (It feels like 4 or 5 wires inside the thick
I have no idea what that means and want to know if this might be
sufficient for my tooling needs.
The Garage currently has 6, 100 watt bulbs in the ceiling (I normally
only use 4 when working) and about 5 - 120v outlets of which only one
is used for my 20 Gal 5hp compressor. There is of course the garage
door opener. The garage is also completely Fire Drywalled from the
concrete base (has concrete foundation) including the ceiling.
Therefore, I will no doubt need to use conduit and would of course
prefer two seperate plugs for the 240v.
Any basic rundown of what I need to get this going would be greatly
Photos or additional information can be supplied !