A neighbor has offered to help me upgrade the electrical in my garage. This is not putting in a separate panel (I read threads on here about that, seems complicated), just some outlets. I’ve been limping along with a 20a 110 breaker for everything in there for years, and he says it’s no problem to install a 220 with a double-pole breaker for one 220 outlet and 3 110 outlets. I’m running a Miller 200 SD and a Hypertherm 380 plasma cutter plus the assorted power tools and a 120v Ingersoll-Rand compressor.
He wired his own garage and sez he did a lot of electrical work when he lived on a farm. He’s got a lot of wire in conduit, very thick gauge but I didn’t measure it or look for ID on the insulation.
He says we’ll lead it directly off the box, run the line through the yard 8” deep (about 100’), connect the wires together with butt connectors and encase the spliced areas in garden hose or PVC piping, put the double-pole 40a breaker in the garage, and have an outlet box off that. There will be no breaker at the service panel…that sounds bad.
Maybe I could just have him do it and then have an inspector come out? I’m going to help him with the install so I’ll see every step of the process.
I bet this is a stupid question, but what’s the worst thing that can happen here? I have a feeling frazzling my expensive gear or burning down the house is the answer. Maybe both! I’ll appreciate an answer when you can manage to stop laughing.
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