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Forum topic by LucasWoods posted 09-30-2017 07:55 PM 660 views 0 times favorited 36 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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LucasWoods

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09-30-2017 07:55 PM

I live in military housing and the breaker says that all the outlets for the living room recepticals and more importantly my garage recepticals is on a 20 amp breaker.

But all my recepticals look like this

How do I get a 20amp plug to go into these recepticals? Do I need a plug converter?

-- Colorado Springs, CO


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#1 posted 09-30-2017 08:54 PM

Make sure that you have a 20amp breaker and 12 gage wire

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#2 posted 09-30-2017 09:00 PM

So when I pull the receptical off I need to look at the wire and ensure it is 12 guage. If it is then I can throw on a 20 amp receptical?

-- Colorado Springs, CO

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#3 posted 09-30-2017 09:16 PM

Yes- 12 ga is used for 20amp – 14ga for 15 amp. Make sure to look in the beaker box to make sure that you have a 20amp breaker. If so you are good to go…....

-- Desert_Woodworker

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nkawtg

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#4 posted 09-30-2017 09:23 PM

I would check with housing maintenance before making any changes.

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#5 posted 09-30-2017 09:55 PM

If you’re living in military housing I would strongly suggest not making changes without having them approved first.

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#6 posted 09-30-2017 10:00 PM

What device are you using that comes with a 20 amp 120 volt plug: I ask because these would be unusual to find in typical hobbyist tool kit?

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#7 posted 09-30-2017 10:03 PM

I will say that its perfectly ok to have 15 amp (garden variety) receptacles on a 20 amp circuit: its done for kitchen outlets all the time and meets the national elec. code specs. The only requirement is that it must be a multiple outlet branch circuit.

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#8 posted 09-30-2017 10:07 PM

So when I pull the receptical off I need to look at the wire and ensure it is 12 guage. If it is then I can throw on a 20 amp receptical?

I looked and I can’t really see what guage. It is a yellow cable though. Two yellow cables one going to each “plug”

Yellow is industry standard for 12 guage wire correct?

-- Colorado Springs, CO

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#9 posted 09-30-2017 10:08 PM

My dust collector is 115-240 and I don’t have a 240 outlet. The 115 option for the motor pull 17.8 amps.

And I can change out outlets but adding on to the breaker panel I would need to get approval.

-- Colorado Springs, CO

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#10 posted 09-30-2017 10:15 PM

Yes, sounds like you are good to go: yellow Romex is the 20 amp variety. With a 20 amp receptacle and your 20 amp plug, you should be all set.

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#11 posted 09-30-2017 10:26 PM

Good! Side question.

The paddle switch I bought for my TS is smaller length wise than the hole but good on the width.

Should I get a small piece of tin to make up that gap? Just drill a couple of small holes and bolt it to the TS cabinet then fix the paddle switch to the TS and the piece of tin plating

-- Colorado Springs, CO

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#12 posted 09-30-2017 10:33 PM

If you are talking about a switch like this: it should fit a standard electrical box with no modifications: not sure why it wouldn’t?

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#13 posted 09-30-2017 10:36 PM

I am putting it on my table saw. Not in the electrical box. The motor will tie to the switch then from the switch to a 20am plug going to the outlet.

Unless I bought the wrong thing? This is supposed to be the switch to turn on my table saw.

-- Colorado Springs, CO

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#14 posted 09-30-2017 10:41 PM

Understand: this type of switch is designed to be housed in a standard electrical box, which would then be attached to your saw: these devices are all designed to play together without modification. You can get a a single box at any hardware store for around a buck or so: I assume then that your table saw for some reason is missing its original switch?

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LucasWoods

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#15 posted 09-30-2017 10:43 PM

I wanted to put a better switch on it so I may have thrown the old one away I thought the paddle switch was meant to attach to my table saw. Where or what switch do I get to replace the one for the table saw?

-- Colorado Springs, CO

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