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    Default 110V Electrical Question

    Ever since I bought this place I have had a problem with the 110 receptacles in my shed. The lights work, the welder gives me no problem.

    The wires are run in conduit with a receptacle every 10' ... 6 on each side of the barn. I have never been able to use a saw, grinder ... not enough power, I can plug in a light or use my chain saw sharpener. (Circuit is 20 amp breaker)

    I am getting ready for baby chicks, plugged in a 250 watt heat lamp, when I plug in the second 250 lamp they both become very dim.

    Easy fix? I know a little about electricity ... what do ya'll recommend?
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    P.S. Makes no difference if I am plugged into the first or last inline receptacle ...
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    What is the size and length of (electrical) wire to your shed? Too small for length will give you a voltage drop - i.e., not enough power.

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    What's the gauge of the wires on the 20A recept circuit?
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    Default Re: 110V Electrical Question

    Sounds like a loose connection, or coroded. Can you get acces to split the circuit? Since you have conduit it should be as easy as pulling another wire.

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    Default Re: 110V Electrical Question

    Quote Originally Posted by sbakf View Post
    What is the size and length of (electrical) wire to your shed? Too small for length will give you a voltage drop - i.e., not enough power.
    Yes, if the wire feeding the shed is too small and/or the run is too long, the length of the wire will create resistance and voltage loss will occur. Query though...you say "the welder gives me no problem"...sorry, if you are using an electric welder it will draw far in excess of the current required of a saw or grinder. Please clarify, thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sbakf View Post
    What is the size and length of (electrical) wire to your shed? Too small for length will give you a voltage drop - i.e., not enough power.
    Good point ... I should have noted that. Its direct from the Power Company to the meter on the barn ... I don't know the size but it's only about 12-18" from the meter to the panel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ace10 View Post
    What's the gauge of the wires on the 20A recept circuit?
    I don't know ... its in conduit. Keep in mind The nearest outlet is 6' from the panel and reacts the same as the one 60' from the panel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JDgreen227 View Post
    Yes, if the wire feeding the shed is too small and/or the run is too long, the length of the wire will create resistance and voltage loss will occur. Query though...you say "the welder gives me no problem"...sorry, if you are using an electric welder it will draw far in excess of the current required of a saw or grinder. Please clarify, thanks.
    JD ... What I am saying is my welder is 220 on a 50 amp breaker and I can use it anytime. The 110 outlets are my problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mmurphy View Post
    Sounds like a loose connection, or coroded. Can you get acces to split the circuit? Since you have conduit it should be as easy as pulling another wire.
    I have checked at the breaker for loose connection and or corrision ... nope.

    Okay explain "split the circuit" and "Should be as easy as pulling another wire"
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