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Old 04-30-2012, 06:28 PM   #1
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Default So I got to thinking

Trying to bypass buying a 240V GFCI due to $$$$ and I finally figured it out.

And I'm standing in Home Depot in the electrical isle I figured it out.

I take my current 30 Amp 240 V outlet for my Air Compressor
Make a J-Box with my extra 115V 20A GFCI outlet from my kitchen and a short jumper to plug into the 240V outlet. Then make an extension cord for my boil kettle so I can plug in my 4500W 240V Heating element to the GFCI outlet.

This should then allow me to run my 240V heating element without buying an expensive spa panel.

No more propane!

It's brilliant. Thought I would share my electrical epiphany.

Going home to test my set up now! Will report how great it works later tonight!!


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Old 04-30-2012, 06:32 PM   #2
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um. what.


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$50 for a spa panel is expensive?
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My thoughts exactly.
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Old 04-30-2012, 07:21 PM   #5
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um. what.
+1.

Spend the $50 and do it right. I can say with almost absolute certainty your idea does not meet code. Plus, the 20 Amp GFCI outlet is in no way rated for or intended to do what you describe. While I can appreciate the "out of the box" thinking, the whole idea just sounds unsafe.

Maybe I'm missing something here.
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Old 04-30-2012, 07:40 PM   #6
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Nah, go ahead and do it. Just make sure your life and fire insurances are paid up. You want to make sure your family is taken care of after you leave them fatherless and homeless.
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am I the only one that hears the sarcasm in OP?
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whenever i see stuff like this I always hear Merlin from Top Gun:

Mavrick: "I'm bringing him in closer, Merlin"
Merlin: "you're gonna do WHAT!?!?"
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There's supposed to be a ka'boom.
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