I've researched this question online and have read many contradictory comments. I've always found this board to be very helpful so here it goes.
I acquired a 220v buzz box AC welder. It has a 3 prong plug. The "plan" was to make a 50' extension cord from the 220v dryer outlet (inside the house) to my work area outside. I don't weld alot so this should work when needed on a temporaty basis.
Problem: Dryer has plug for 4 prongs and welder has 3 prong plug. I assume my options are.
1. Find an adapter which allows me to make the connection. Do they even make these and from where?
2. Make a cord with the 4 prong male on one end (dryer end) and a 3 prong female on the other (welder end). I have NO IDEA is this is safe or feasible given 2 hots, 1 neutral, 1 ground.....
3. Butch up and pay an electrician to put in a box near my work area.
4. Quit and take up knitting.
I'm a newbie who is OK with his Handler 135 mig rig and who has used a crappy 110V stick welder before. My projects are getting bigger and I need the increased power of the stick welder. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
Larry in Houston
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