[AMRadio] BC610 110v using one leg of 2207

W4AWM at aol.com W4AWM at aol.com
Mon Nov 6 00:55:41 EST 2006


I said this before and few seem to realize it and take heed. The ground lead 
in most old work 220V outlets is for safety ONLY. It was never meant to be the 
return (neutral) lead so that you can pull 110V off between one side of the 
line and ground. To do this safely and legally, you MUST use a 4 wire cable and 
the return (neutral) MUST be the same size as the 220V conductors. In most 
cases, the hot leads are Red and Black and the neutral 
(if present) is White. The ground lead is usually a bare wire. The ground or 
bare lead may or may not be the same size as the other conductors and is there 
for safety only. The fact that it may be connected to the same buss as the 
neutral in the breaker box has absolutely nothing to do with it. Not only can 
you get fried doing it the way many propose, but should a fire result, you may 
find that your insurance company will use the fact to worm out of paying 
damages. Think about it and do it right. "Switch to safety."


  John,  W4AWM

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