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Re: CH compressor question

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Subject: Re: CH compressor question
From: Mike Sloane <>
Date: Thu, 15 Jul 2004 17:28:29 -0400
The 20 amp "convenience" outlets I have seen will accept both the plugs 
with the two pins parallel and also the plugs with one pin turned 900.

I also discovered that my smaller compressor would trip the breaker when 
the outlet was about 24' from the breaker panel. When I moved it to a 
dedicated outlet a few inches from the panel, I never again had it trip.


Peter Murray wrote:

> On Thu, 15 Jul 2004, Rush wrote:
>>I knew most of this, except for the part about 15 amp limits through a 
>>conventional outlet. The new compressor was tripping my 15 amp breaker 
>>when it got to about 120 psi. I just got my electrician friend to quote 
>>me on rewiring my garage with duplex 20 amp circuits. Is there a special 
>>outlet sold that can handle this?
> NEMA has standards that apply, which will determine which outlet you 
> should have at the end of your (presumably capable) wiring.
> Just as an example, Leviton makes a great number of outlets which would
> perform according to NEMA 5-20R, which is what you should have. Below is a
> link to a page on Leviton's site which is one of their many lines of
> recepticles:
> Hope this helps.
> -Peter


Mike Sloane
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