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Ok I’m not electrician, just trying to save money. And just wanna get some input before I continue.

I added a 20a breaker to my circuit box, ran 10/3 to a 220 outlet.

Hots to my X and Y, neutral and ground all went to this outlet. 2 hots to the 20a, and my neutral and ground to the spot in the box for them. I had to join two rolls of wire together with wire nuts in the attic.

I was just about done, cleaning up. And after I tested the outlet with my meter. Went to push it back into the box, and POOF. Bright flash and a pop and it was smoking. Like I said it tested fine on the meter and I didn’t have a problem till I tried to push it into the outlet box. I had all my wires screwed down tight as I could, I triple checked. If anyone has any idea what I could’ve done wrong please let me know.
If it makes a difference this is to power a tanning bed for my mother in law. But I didn’t even get to plug it in like I said. -TIA-
 

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I pretwist and then use wire nuts. Solder pots rule.
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Never work any wires while they are energized.
your lucky you were not hurt.

please head over to our sister DIY site for further help.
 

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I pretwist and then use wire nuts. Solder pots rule.
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Sorry for posting in the wrong place, thanks!
I don’t have the link handy, but soon enough a site moderator will be by to close this thread.
They will then post the link to our sister DIY site.
plenty of good folks there to help when they can.
 

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