Thank you guys, again, for the replies. Another brief update. This morning I changed the outlet, and did discover the one being replaced had something wrong with it. After removing it I could hear something rattling inside. Since replacing it the welder has yet to shut off. Let's hope it is as simple as that and stays that way. I plan to use it more tomorrow and hopefully Monday. I'll know more sure sure then.
Since a lot of time has been taken to reply, info shared, and questions asked, I will do my best to answer them.
1- I did call the Miller tech line before taking it into service. I was on the phone with them for all of a couple of minutes, and very little information was gained other than "the power switch is a circuit breaker (already learned from previously reading on this forum/ thread) and "I'm not sure what is wrong. Better take it in for service. Here's your local authorized rep...." The good news is there was no service charge as my welder is still covered under a 3 year warranty.
2- My garage currently has 50 amp service. There are 2-30 amp fuses ganged up to create the 220v (single phase). This was installed to wire directly to my compressor (there is a 220v switch wired in to cut power off to the compressor so it's not always "on") with 14-2 copper wire. Also shared by the same 2-30 amp fuses is my dedicated welder outlet, which is about 3 feet from the breaker box (14-3). Neither the outlet nor the compressor share wires. Both the welder and the compressor are rated for a 30 amp draw. This is why I never run them at the same time. Yes, I should (and at some point will) have the house professionally upgraded to 100 amp service so each can have their own dedicated circuit. Until then I must rely on my near obsessive compulsive habits to not run them together to trip the circuit or overload the wires.
3- The welding extension cord I built is made with 10-3 wire. It's I think 25' long. I only use this when I have to.
4- No, I am not a certified electrician. I'm a toy designer of 16+ years in this industry, and an avid car nut.
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03-31-2013, 01:55 AM #19Junior Member
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