|Forum topic by Spelcher||posted 09-06-2016 07:29 PM||258 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
09-06-2016 07:29 PM
Got my shop moved to the garage at our rental house, but the power coming into it is 120V on a shared 15 amp circuit with a light and a couple power outlets in the separate basement suite, so I’m guessing there’s about 12 amps available. Table saw, lunchbox planer, and band saw all have 15 amp rated motors (120V) – and the main panel is in the basement suite so we don’t have access to it if a breaker trips unless the other renter is home.
Ideally I’d love to put a subpanel in the garage and would be happy to pay for it since we’ll probably be here at least a year, but the landlord isn’t willing because the required municipal inspection would expose a bunch of non-permitted additions to the house.
There is a separate basement laundry room that we do have access to, and I was thinking an option might be to take power from the 220V 30A dryer outlet when the dryer isn’t being used via an extension cord and some means of converting to 120V, maybe even two 120V 20A circuits. The landlord doesn’t want anything permanently wired in for insurance reasons, but was wondering if something like this might work, or whether it might split the 220V circuit disproportionately and damage machine motors, seeing as it’s meant for a generator?
Two 20A 120V circuits would be amazing as it would allow for a dust collector and machine at the same time…
Any other ideas would be greatly appreciated. Sometimes renting sucks…