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I have a compressor that is wired for 220v however I only have 110v receptacles in my garage. This is a rental and running a 220v receptacle isn't an option. My plan is to change the cord from the 4' cord currently in place to a 50' cord. What gauge wire would I need for a 6hp, 15amp motor?

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The link below explains the extension cord requirements / amps. According to the chart, 14 gauge is good for about 50 feet, however you could bump-it up to 12 to be on the safe side. If you have a dryer plug in the garage or close, you could share that plug when not in use. Go to electrical supply house (or Lowes) with drawing of the plug /outlet needed and buy the components to make cord. If you have a 115v plug in the garage with its own breaker at the panel (plug with direct wiring to the panel) you could have an electrician convert it to 220 very easily. Good luck with your future projects.

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Air compressor 220v to 110v

Nice picture but not good enough to read the nameplate info from where I'm at. What does the name plate say for volts? and for phase, two lines or three lines?
Beware of this, the air tool you will be using requires a certain amount of volume of air, measured as CFM (cubic feet of air) and a two horse compressor may produce you about 5 cfm when new and in good condition while the tool may require 7 - 15 cfm. This scenario just won't work well. The tool should be supplied with a decent volume of cfm to work right.
The next thing is 220/240 volts vs. 110/120. The amount of juice, called amps is twice in a low voltage hook up. Example is your 220 volts motor needs 10 amps and your 110 volts motor needs 20 amps feed. If you multiply the set of volts and amps, it will equal the same as the other set. These are called volt-amps and are synonymous to watts, watts is power, you pay for power measured thru time, the watt-hour is what you consume.
With the above given, referring to amperes, or juice, this determines the thickness of the wires feeding the motor. A little juice needs only a thin wire (such as with high voltage hook up, 220 volts) and more juice as with a 110 volt hook up, will require a thicker wire.
Not meeting into consideration the wire thickness and using thinner wire than required presents a major problem with friction or resistance to juice flow, power loss in the form of heat. Power loss includes voltage drop, loosing volts in the skinny wires. This scenario leads to burnt motors, tripping breakers and blowing fuses, you can oversize the wire thickness but not underside it.
The use of a high voltage is an advantage in saving copper and money in considerably long runs of circuit conductors. Power companies distribute power at 10 times higher and more than what consumers use to save in copper and power loss, good for transmitting power far. Then by use of a transformer, mounted on poles, they reduce the power to consumer level. 240 volts with a center tap. This is how and why we get 110/220 Volts three wire.
I hope you find an answer in all this mumbo-jumbo of electricity. See if the motor is dual or single voltage, the name plate will say this info. If dual voltage, then the motor connection will have to be reconfigured for whichever voltage it is changed to.

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When wiring a GFCI (Ground Fault Interrupter Circuit) receptacle you would normally connect the wire coming from the service panel or the hot wire to the LINE connection at the GFCI and then connect the other receptacles you wish to protect to the LOAD side on the GFCI. But let's say you have installed a GFCI in a garage circuit and want to run a wire to the garage door opener from that circuit without the garage door opener receptacle being protected by the GFCI but still want all other receptacles protected. Reason being that the garage door opener will trip the GFCI more often than not. You may also want to have a receptacle for a freezer in the garage. You do not want that freezer protected by the GFCI circuit as it may trip without your knowledge and cause all the food to spoil. Warning: Only install a single plug receptacle for the freezer and not a double plug receptacle. That way only one thing, the freezer, can be plugged into this receptacle as it is not GFCI protected. The way to avoid the breaker tripping is to connect the garage door opener & freezer receptacle to the LINE side of the GFCI. This way it is not protected by the GFCI and there is no danger of that receptacle loosing power due to a tripped breaker on the GFCI. When the GFCI trips power will still be available at any receptacle connected on the line side. On any GFCI you can connect two sets of wires to the LINE side. If you have more than two you will have to connect those together under a wire nut and then use a jumper wire to connect to the LINE on the GFCI. Look at the photo and you will see the 2 sets of holes to connect at the LINE side (Bottom) on the back of the GFCI receptacle. There are also 2 sets of holes to connect on the LOAD side (Upper). Of course you would use a wire nut and jumper to connect all the ground wires.8dd2149.png

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Such a transformer has to be of sufficient capacity to handle the current, or wattage, that will be required. The Frigidaire unit in your question is a 3.5 kW cooling capacity, so the transformer would need to be about the same, ie for a 10A supply at least. They are quite big boxes, about $120.

You would put this in the roof or in a cupboard.

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The short answer is: No. The longer answer is, the motor and controls were designed to run on 220 Volts, and as such cannot simply be re-wired for 110 Volts. You basically have 3 options: 1) Have a licensed electrician wire in a 220V circuit to your shop/garage/shed for the compressor. 2) Change out the motor for one designed for 110V (finding one that will work could be difficult, and might require modification of mounts, spindles, gears etc and probably not worth the trouble...but technically possible) 3)purchase a step UP transformer which can turn 110V North American household current into 220V.

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If you want to fry your electronics or appliances that's it's a sure way to accomplish that.
While appliance working ONLY at 220v will just not work or under perform (like a hair drier) when plugging electronic equipment that runds ONLY at 110v then that item will be "fried" as all its electric components will be burnt as it will receive twice the power that it was build to receive. Should that happen the safety switch on the 220v circuit where the item was MISTAKENLY plugged will be triggered (hopefully or there will be risk of fire and serious injuries, even death) and the power will be shut off. That's a major but possible mistake.
If traveling abroad those who come to US will unlikely damage their appliances (like electric razors) as they will receive less power (110v vs 220v) and usually these items are protected against these mistakes by the specifications of their own design. The opposite is not true of course as just mentioned above.
So do not play around with dangerous items please! ;) On a positive note though: Nowadays most appliances have dual power and should work whether plugged in a 110v, 60Hz (most common in US) or 220v 50Hz (most common in Europe). So nothing really happens... it just works as long as you have the proper adapters to plug the appliance to the different receptacles.
Note: One of the differences is that (without going into the math of it all), an appliance working at 110v will draw x2 times the power than it draws when working on 220v so if an appliance was drawing 3A at 110v it will only draw 1.5A when working at 220v.

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yes, with a double run of 12-2w/ground you'll end up with 2pairs of 12 for your 2 hot phases(you will need to mark one pair red to substantiate the 2 different phases) and each 12 gauge wire will carry 20 amp each alone, then you'll have 2 pairs of 12 with white insulation white for neutral is fine but the other pair for the safety ground will need to be marked or painted green where ever visible per N.E.C. i.e. main panel or dryer receptacle or hardwired into the unit itself,use 10-3w/ground its cheaper in the long run and you dont have to run a doubleheader

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Check your receptacle to make sure that you have 220v, with 110v on each of 2 legs. The dryer operates some things off of one hot lead, and some off of the other. Your motor circuit sounds like it's on the other.
If the receptacle checks good, check your wiring connections at the terminal strip in the back of the machine wher the cord connects.

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