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Can a 3-prong 60A 240V circuit for a dryer be converted to regular grounded outlets like 3 duplexes?


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2015-07-14 16:06:09
2015-07-14 16:06:09
for USA, Canada and countries running a 60 Hz supply service.

Well, yes, and no. You CAN'T just disconnect the wires from the 60 amp outlet and connect them to three 20 amp outlets. It would be more like tearing out and rebuilding than converting. The 240 volt outlet has a hot wire from each side of the breaker box and each can supply a series of standard outlets if you replace the 60 amp breakers with 20 amps and pull 12 gauge wires.

Actually you CAN just disconnect the wires and connect several 20 amp outlets, IF you change the breaker to a 20 amp one. The breaker/fuse has to be sized for the lowest current link, in this case it is not the wire but the outlets. The wire will be oversized but it does not need to be replaced. Some older dryer circuits also did not include a ground, so you will have to run a grounding wire or install a GFI.

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