Recent Articles about Laundry Room Electrical Wiring
Options for Installing Exhaust Fans
Dear ask-the-electrician: I am interested in installing the Air King BFQ50 into an Andy Gump Outhouse...for a client who does not wish to have the various construction workers destroy her bathroom again... http://www.airkinglimited.com/pages/exhaust/bfq50.html I don't have access to a hard-line and i was hoping that you would be able to tell me how to convert this unit into a wall plug outlet set up...2 prong or 3... please let me know Thank you and best to you! Rich
Hi Rich, it may be possible to install surface conduit down to a wall outlet that is equipped with an extension box. This could get the power up to the unit, and you could run the power through a occupancy sensor as well. Another option is to install a solar exhaust fan with the small solar panel mounted on the roof. These units work well too, and end up paying for the initial cost, and then run for FREE! More about Solar Exhaust fans: http://ask-the-electrician.com/solarexhaustfansmain.html
Sharing an Outlet for a New Washing Machine
Jeff, from Eureka, California asks:
In my garage there is a single 20 amp outlet which is for plugging in a gas dryer. I have a new large energy efficient washer my question is can I put a 3 way plug in on that single 20 amp so I can run my washer and dryer at the same time?
Sharing this outlet with the new energy efficient washer and the gas dryer would depend on two things. First, is the outlet on a dedicated circuit that is not shared with any other outlets or devices. Secondly, what are the specifications of the new energy efficient washing machine as far as watts or amperage required. Knowing the limitations of the outlet circuit or available power, and knowing the total required watts or amps of both the washer and the dryer will determine if this is possible or if a new circuit for the washing machine will be required.