How To Wire a 220 Outlet For A Welder Safely?

Last updated: July 22, 2019 By Arvin Reynold

Today I am going to share you a simple DIY process how to wire a 220 outlet for a welder.

Different types of welders use different types of voltage. You need to wire your outlet properly while working. Usually, a professional electrician is required to carry out this task. And he takes a considerable charge. When you are working with a 220v MIG welder, you should know how to wire a 220v outlet. It is not that complicated.

In this review, we will provide you with a complete guideline to learn this technique correctly.  Then, you can successfully apply it to your 220v MIG welding project. (With proper confidence)

Let’s get started.

The entire process is divided into several steps. These are:

  • Stage 1

At the initial stage: You have to turn off the main power breaker switch. It will save you from sparking and different types of potential accidents.

(Caution: Avoid touching anything, especially the metal object before closing the switch)

  • Stage 2

In this stage: First of all detriment the box model and read the manual instruction carefully. (The maximum tricks are common in every model)

To get the breakers’ access uncovered the metal and pull out the bottom of wire cable.

Usually, the overloaded circuit has many possibilities of damaging and electrocution hazard. That’s why; you need to be more concerned while choosing a breaker.

My particular recommendations are:

  1. 50 amp
  2. 2 pole breakers
  3. 3 prong outlet

Another thing you should note down that usually, the white and black colors cables are hot.  But in the 4 circuit system, the white one is neutral and red or black one is hot.

  • Stage 3

Now, pull up the entire housing box (8 – 12 inches) To pulling this you can use a wire ripper. It will make your work comparatively faster and more comfortable too.

But make sure that the box is entirely free from the power supply. Otherwise, it might cause horrific accidents.

However, at the next step find out the empty spot. Then, connect the ground bar with ground cable. (Ensure that you tie it properly and avoid the neutral bar)

  • Stage 4

Now, slip a ½ to 1 inch of plastic cover For each wire with the aid of cable stripper. As well, you can use any types of color (black, white or red)

  • Stage 5

Cover the outlet and screw it tightly. Then, you have to place the outlet into the receptacle housing.

  • Step 6

Then, recheck the connection and ensure that the included cables are rotating in the correct position.

  • Stage 7

At the last step, you can plug the welder and turn on the main power supply.  Now your device is ready to operate.

Benefits of DIY installation of a 220 outlet for a welder

Yes, the pro electrician can do this installation process in a more accurate and useful manner. But you have to pay an unbearable charge. So, it does not make much sense.

The experts say that the entire process is a bit challenging but not so complicated.  That’s why; they suggest their clients fix it themselves.

I think the method is so simple that you can easily cope up this technique and save a considerable amount of extra cost.

Additional information:

Electrical sub panel wiring:

In a subpanel; the feeder wires, strip and cut directly connect with the terminals. Into the hot bus bar, you should connect both the red and black wires.  And place the neutral wire into the neutral terminal.

This case, I particularly suggest 4 or 6 AWG copper wire. Cause, copper is highly heat resistant and has a massive volume of pressure withstand capability.

However, for a sub panel wiring, you do not require the main breaker.

Breakers box capacity:

Maximum boxes amps are 100, 150 and 200 amps.  You have to place the breakers individually. For example: For any 100 amperage service panel, you should add up to200 Amps more.

How to wire a breaker box to another breaker box?

If you get open space; the replacing process will be comparatively more straightforward. But for a closed space; you can apply the local code system.  It helps to move the tandem breaker and set the single one. (With the aid of power supplies)

How to run electrical wire from breaker box to outlet?

If you set the stuff on a subpanel; the best option is to replace the ground and neutral on different bus bars. Connect all of these wires to the breaker and set it into the box. After completing the breakers’ installation; insert the cables.

Final verdict:

A perfect installation can help to maximize the machine’s efficiency and effectiveness.  Also, it intensifies the working accuracy, performance as well as capability. For this targeted requirement: Read the entire review carefully and properly apply the process.

Finally, make your metal joining process more enjoyable and meet the required goal with the practical performance. One very important thing I forgot to mention. Yes, I did not tell you to take protective measures while performing the above-mentioned wiring. You never know when the electricity may spark. To, safeguard yourself against it, do not forget to wear the welding jacket.

Still, if you face any problem; do not be hesitate to ask us through the comment box.  We wish you enjoyable and productive welding.

Now, watch the video to make yourself more familiar!

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