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JNewman

11:34AM | 03/10/00
Member Since: 03/09/00
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The previous owners had an outside wall wired with 250v(?) for a Jacuzzi. There is a wire box, but no outlet (each wire has a twist-on wire connector/cap). I want to convert this to a standard 120v with an outlet. Using for Malibu lights. Please help.

[This message has been edited by JNewman (edited March 11, 2000).]

HOLLYWOOD

09:18PM | 03/15/00
Member Since: 02/19/00
206 lifetime posts
The box you are looking at is set up for 220vac. This circuit uses a 2 pole breaker at the breaker box. If youlook at or inside the box you will see that there is single pole breakers and double pole breakers. Single pole are 120vac 2 pole are 220vac. Change out the breaker with a single pole breaker. This will give you your 115vac. DO NOT use the 2 pole with only 1 wir going to it!!!!
Consult electrician for proper breaker size for the wire that is run.

bc

10:49AM | 03/16/00
Member Since: 02/16/00
45 lifetime posts
Check the wiring, its voltage, an electrician, and inspector before doing anything. Many Jacuzzi's were wired without the necessary white/neutral/grounded conductor that is need for 120v because they just ran 2 black/hot conductors with each one carrying 120v. If they wired it for 120, then they would have 2 hot wires(both black or black & red), the white/neutral, and then a bare or green ground wire. If you have a total of 4 wires, then one hot wire would remain capped and you have 120v after changing the breaker.

If you only have 2 hots and a ground, then you may get by (if your local code inspector oks it) by wrapping white tape or painting the black wire to be used as a neutral on both ends. The black would go into your new single pole breaker and the white would go on the neutral bar. Also use a weatherproof outlet.

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