220 Volt Plug Receptacles Configurations

 These outlets are the ones you’re most likely have in your house.

Ok, so lets talk about the types of outlets you’ll find in your house. For the most part you are going to see 120 volts, 15 amp and 20 amp. And 220 2 wire, 3 wire and four wire types.

Please remember not all 220 volt outlets use a neutral (white) wire. To give you a general idea, lets say you just bought a air compressor from Home Depot. It requires 220 volt but the plug only has three prongs. You’ll have the two that look a like will be the two separate hot’s and other round looking on would be the ground. And of course more than likely it would be 20 amp.

Watch my video on how to install a 220v 20 amp video How to install a 220 volt outlet. Or the 220 4 wire video

220 Volt Plug Receptacles Configurations
How to install a 220 volt 20 outlet VIDEO
220 Volt Plug Receptacles Configurations
Installing a 4 wire 220 volt outlet VIDEO


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November 23, 2015 11:49 pm

Hi my daughter just moved into her new home three days ago. She has purchased a three prong dryer. Problem is the outlet is not made for that. It’s a weird outlet 220? frustrated what to do?

November 17, 2015 9:57 pm

Have a hole in my bathroom ceiling that started out the size of a dime…now the size of my fist. This was caused by a leaky roof which has since been repaired however how to I patch such a large hole as the surrounding plaster seems brittle and weak! Unsure if it can accommodate a plaster screen patch! Help!

November 17, 2015 9:54 pm

Just found a Sony tv but was not aware that it is 220 volts! Can I just buy an adapter and plug this in to a standard USA outlet? Or do I need to have the outlet changed to accommodate the 220 volts?

October 18, 2015 12:30 am

Thank you for the various 220v receptacle diagrams….. A pain trying to modify the plugs and receptacles from the welder and plasma cutter to the house and also be compatible with a generator.

October 19, 2015 1:49 pm

Hello I purchased a used generator and it only has 2 220v outlets they look 3 curved prongs its a elemax sk2900dx the guy I bought it from said I need a step down plug but it was a sight unseen sale can u please help me I want to use it to run 110 items like fans lights etc ive looked everywhere for help i dont have alot of money and cant afford any mistakes any help would be great the generator says 220v only so mlost thankd Rick … Read more »

Tom Kaboski
October 15, 2015 11:06 am

I just bought a new home, and the washer and dryer needed to be replaced. We checked the back of the dryer prior to purchase to confirm there was a gas line (old one was electric on a 220V line). What I missed, is that there was only one 110V receptacle on the circuit in the area behind the washer and dryer. I have my dryer hooked up fine, with the exception that I have a temporary extension chord running to a nearby outlet.

So, im trying to look into converting the 220 to 110 … or maybe… Read more »

Kamell Tate
October 4, 2015 1:41 pm

I bought a 220 box to fit my dryer plug…How do I swap them out?

Tom Anderson
August 14, 2015 9:42 pm

I just bought an Air conditioner that has a 230 volt 30 amp plug on it. My old failed ac unit has a 220 15 amp outlet for it. All though similar the 30 amp plug is a lot bigger. Can I put a different outlet in to accept the 30 amp plug or is it a lot more than that?

Ann Stewart
July 30, 2015 7:13 pm

In your videos, you talk too fast for me to follow and kind of mush some of your words together. Rather than “laid-back” I’d prefer professional.

July 13, 2015 7:11 am

Hi, I have a 3/4 HP Water pump set a 220 by the lake to feed my cottage.Currently the pump is wired directly to my panel.I would like to put in a on/off switch in my Bunkie adjacent to the pump.Are there considerations for what type of 220 switch and receptacle?

April 18, 2015 2:18 pm

I did not know that 220 outlets/cords have different type of configurations. I bought a 24 inch electric stove for my tiny kitchen. I was so excited to finally have an oven and the price was perfect. But alas, the cord has a different shape then the outlet even though both are 220. Are adaptor plugs available in these kinds of situations and is it safe to use an adaptor plug? No matter how cute the stove, I prefer not to burn my house down. 😛 Thanks so much.