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Old 01-18-2008, 10:52 AM
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Electrical maintenance guy

Im a long time industerial maintenance electrician.
Reading some of these threads kind of make me want to reply.

I guess im not really a hot rodder But I have a BMW 320i that i buy parts for and occasionally make parts for. It has the 240 transmission that i have welded internal parts in.. that trannie was made for 3 months so its a bit hard to buy parts.

A really good efficient 5hp motor be it on a compressor, vacuum cleaner, or a pressure washer will require 45A at 120V.

Sears craftsman (division of kmart) has vacuums rated some kinda magic 7HP with 120 v 15a plug and maybe 16ga wire. they have compressors at 5Hp that say must be wired for 240V with #10 wire this could be a real 5hp.

most portable tools that have 5hp have gas engines about 1gal/hr

wyco has a 3hp concrete vibrator for 120 volt this will easily blow a 20a breaker .. but it only sees a few minutes of use in an hour depending on how fast concrete trucks come in.

in the USA if a house was built after 1950 it will have 240V

any garage with a compressor and welder should have a 100a 240V sub panel
if you ever plan to run the compressor and the welder at the same time.
this will apply if you use a plasma cutter.

if you can afford the tool you can afford to power it

Try to never use a hand tool with more Hp then you.
A good olympic athelete can put out 1/2 Hp in a sprint
If you have a 1/2" 1/3Hp drill with a 2" holesaw chances are good it will break your arms before it will coast to a stop if you can take your finger off the trigger when it binds.

power tools are for cutting metal, skin and bones Dont stand a chance.

Im ready to retire, i still have eyes ears fingers and toes.
Dont take any less precaution with your hobby than with your day job.

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Electrical mant. Guy

Hey, Come on in the waters fine.
Course, if you didn't plan ahead, its a little rough.
Me and the little woman figured we could save on cost by her eating 1 day and me the next. That lasted about a half-day.
But the sun's shinning and the water warm most of the time, so enjoy.
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Old 01-18-2008, 12:27 PM
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LOL lanier...lasted half a day huh?

Welcome, Pete...good info is always a welcome addition (besides, some even may consider a BMW a hotrod)
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The definition of a "hotrod" (at least in the dictionary of Chet... ) is any vehicle that has been modified to improve power and/or performance above stock ratings. So, by my own defining, your car counts as a hot rod. Welcome aboard from a fellow maintenance man.

In a while, Chet.
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Welcome & thanks for the advice!

I've got some good advice of my own...

To avoid senseless arguments with your spouse about leaving the toilet seat up, just pee in the kitchen sink!
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She'd just ***** about the stool left in the kitchen. Get a spring loaded toilet seat, and let her worry.
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