Astro_Al Posted August 15, 2006 Share Posted August 15, 2006 Righto Guys, I'm not satisfied with the electrics in my garage. Running my welder on full blast, amongst other things, blows the trip switch (locked away in another building, dammit). It gets pretty dangerous being plunged into darkness in the middle of an 'operation' sometimes, and I need full power for my cage welding. Plus I've been acquiring tools at an alarming rate, most of which cannot be run simultaneously (like the air comp switching itself on while I'm using a different tool and blowing the circuit). So I need to fix it. I also need more lights too (= more power). I guess the best thing is to keep the circuit I've got and use it just for lights and low power stuff - grinder etc, and rig up a completely separate circuit for heavy stuff (all single phase, mostly 3HP or equiv) - like the welder, air compressor, lathe, plasma, band saw... Currently I run a plasma with integrated air comp, but now I have decent air I could run a 'proper' plasma and increase my cut depth accordingly . I've labelled all the plugs which is a massive help when constantly unplugging/replugging stuff. Ideally I would just be able to have everything plugged in all the time. Losses through the crappy plug circuit to my welder are causing me loss of penetration. If I had a girlfriend, I feel sure she would have left me by now... I know NOTHING about electrics. Can someone tell me in a 'Ringo Star Reads: Thomas The Tank Engine' stylie exactly what to rig up - I'm talking wire sizes, plug types etc. I guess I need some really thick cable - there is a run of maybe 100 feet to the trip switches etc. Jez had some good advice about using 'blue plugs' or something last time he was round, but I must confess I need a link or something to know what he's on about... What type of connectors have the lowest resistance? Is there any danger when using 2 separate supplies/circuits in the same room? Cheers, I dunno what I'm doing here at all... Al. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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