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220 volt line to 120 plugin?

Discussion in 'Electrical Engineering' started by Heather H., Oct 27, 2006.

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  1. Heather H.

    Heather H. Guest

    Hi - I am fairly unfamiliar with electrical concepts, but here is my
    question. Im my bathroom is a standard 220 volt baseboard heater
    installed by the previous owner. It is in a terrible position as the
    length of it sits just 2 inches from a permanent large wood base of a
    tub he put in. It gets very hot and seems dangerous. I want to remove
    the heater and if at all possible, place on the wall where the heater
    was (there is a junction box coming out of the wall next to the heater
    now) a standard 120 volt plugin so I can use a timered radiator-type
    freestanding heater i already own.

    Is it possible to somehow allow a 120 volt device to be plugged into a
    220 line? Convert or something else? Thank you, Heather
     
  2. Guest


    Ther short answer is yes you can convert that to a 120v outlet. The
    safest way is to call an electrician.
     
  3. Beachcomber

    Beachcomber Guest

    Last time I checked, the code allowed just one GFCI outlet in
    bathrooms for things like hair dryers, electric toothbrushes, and
    shavers.

    A convenience outlet that close to your bathtub may be illegal and
    dangerous as the authorities don't really want you to be running
    portable appliances near bathtubs and showers.

    Beachcomber
     
  4. Guest

    You can have all the GFCI protected receptales you want but you are
    correct in pointing out the GFCI.
    This may change in 2008 but right now they only say it can't be in the
    "tub space". It can be just outside the shower curtain.
     
  5. Heather H.

    Heather H. Guest

    You can have all the GFCI protected receptales you want but you are
    correct in pointing out the GFCI.
    This may change in 2008 but right now they only say it can't be in the
    "tub space". It can be just outside the shower curtain.


    Thanks all for the answers. I really appreciate your help. After
    figuring out if it was even possible, I planned on calling an
    electrician so it was done right. Hopefully they'll clue me in on the
    local codes if any apply to placement. Thanks again, H
     
  6. Beachcomber

    Beachcomber Guest

    I once stayed in a well known motel chain in Madison, Wisconsin. The
    light switch for the overhead bathroom light was literally "in" the
    shower on a tile wall. I was amazed and amused, but thankfully not
    "shocked".

    Beachcomber
     
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