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February 4, 2010 3:34 PM Subscribe
DIY: How can I swap my 1500W/220V in-wall space heater with two safe 220V outlets? I am in the state of Oregon and would prefer to do this myself.
posted by roygbv to Home & Garden (8 answers total)
The heater in question is on a 'ganged' 20A circuit. As I understand it, this offers me 20A protection across the 220 circuit. I am anticipating load from a small washer/dryer combo that shouldn't exceed 10A on 220. The only other thing on the circuit is another one of these heaters, drawing 1500W. I think the loads will be safe but I don't know the specifics when it comes to installing the outlet.
Most importantly, I want to be sure I am not breaking the law by doing this. I don't know if you have to be licensed to do electrical works in Oregon or if you are required to follow code.
Trying to keep costs down by doing this install myself. I figure if I can reuse the heater circuit I can save installing a brand new one...
Thanks, as always, for your help!