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Old 11-22-2016, 02:57 PM   #1
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Can you tell me if this plug would require a 6-15R or a 6-30R receptacle? I haven't actually seen it in person. The drywaller sent a pic to me, so that I can get something set up for his dryer that he uses for drying the mud.

I know it should be a 30 Amp, as the dryer is a 4800 watt model, running at 240V. However, I can't tell what it is from his blurry photo.

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Could be either depending on the size of the plug. A 15 amp unit will look like a standard size while the 30 amp male end will be slightly larger-- Looks like 15 amp to me but from the pic I am not sure
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I don't see how you can put 4800w on a 15, but what do I know.
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I don't see how you can put 4800w on a 15, but what do I know.
Me neither. He mentioned he had an adaptor, which I assume will allow it to run on 120 volts. That would drop it to 1200 Watts, which should be fine.
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I don't see how you can put 4800w on a 15, but what do I know.
Ya that true .,,

Actually 4800 watts on 240 volts is 20 amp right there .,,

The quickest clue you will know is if someone used a quarter next to the plug that will give you a answer because the 30 amp verison is larger than 15 amp plug is.

I will make a safe bet that is a 30 amp verison there.
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Hey everyone!

Can you tell me if this plug would require a 6-15R or a 6-30R receptacle? I haven't actually seen it in person. The drywaller sent a pic to me, so that I can get something set up for his dryer that he uses for drying the mud.

I know it should be a 30 Amp, as the dryer is a 4800 watt model, running at 240V. However, I can't tell what it is from his blurry photo.

TIA
7/10 it's a 5-15p just due to the size of the ground.
Next time, for scale, have him take a pic with a banana adjecent to the subject.

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If it's about 2" wide, then it's a NEMA 6-30. 30 amp, 250 volts. The 6-15 would be about an inch wide.

My bet is a 6-30.
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I'm hoping it's a 30, because that is what I wired up for him.
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A 6-30p would not normally have that orientation. Usually the ground pin would be away from the cord. It isn't that 'backward' 6-30p cord assemblies don't exist but they are unusual.
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Prongs look wider, and spaced closer than a 6-15, my guess would be a 6-30.
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A 6-30p would not normally have that orientation. Usually the ground pin would be away from the cord. It isn't that 'backward' 6-30p cord assemblies don't exist but they are unusual.
That is very true with 6-30P and 6-50P both are simauair on that the ground pin useally away from cord.

The dryer and range cords the ground pins are useally away from cord.

I have see factory window shakers useing 6-30P the pin useally away from the cord which it is a norm for me to see it.

but not very often you see it in reversed fashion on that.

Here a 6-30 P look like
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Hey everyone!

Can you tell me if this plug would require a 6-15R or a 6-30R receptacle? I haven't actually seen it in person. The drywaller sent a pic to me, so that I can get something set up for his dryer that he uses for drying the mud.

I know it should be a 30 Amp, as the dryer is a 4800 watt model, running at 240V. However, I can't tell what it is from his blurry photo.

TIA
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Im going to throw in as a 6-15P only due to the fact that the ground on moulded cord caps in 15 amps are on the cord entry side of an angle plug and as stated here, moulded 30 amp cord caps are on the far side of the cord entry.
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Which was it? A life without knowing the answer is hardly a life worth living!
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Which was it? A life without knowing the answer is hardly a life worth living!
lol! Didn't know you folks cared so much. It must have been a 30, because that's the type of receptacle I wired up, and I haven't heard any complaints.

I have yet to see that heater and its plug in person, and I may not.The drywalling and mudding will be done by the time I return to the site, I suspect.
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