I am wondering if my current electric service wiring can handle a welder. The welder documentation recommends a 50 amp breaker on a 220 v line.
Currently I have a 60 amp breaker on a 220 line going to a separate garage. I presume this was installed by the electrician who wired the house 10 years ago but I am the third owner so this is not for certain. The 10-3 w/ ground wiring (not in conduit) to the garage is approximately 60 feet long or less. It doesn't seem right that this has a 60 amp breaker but I'm not familiar with 220 v lines. On 110 v I believe this should be a 30 amp breaker max.
There are 2 unused 20 amp 110 v circuits in the garage. I have two configurations that I can run after removing the unused circuits. One is to run another 40 feet to get to a double garage door and the other is to put a 220 outlet right by the current box which would be a bit restrictive. I haven't found the nec code that specifies what size wire I need for a 220 v 50 amp draw.