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Electrical Wiring in the Home/Correct voltage but low amperage


I was recently helping a friend wire an outlet near his horse tank for a tank heater. I was trying to tap one side of the I've line that was already there for the well, which I did successfully. The problem is that each pole reads 118v and 124v on the 220v poles. But when I wired the 110v outlet and plugged anything in, it would barely run. The well seems to run a little slow too. I've done this in my own garage before to have a few more outlets when I'm not using my welder, and it works fine. Did I do something wrong??? Or, is there a problem with the existing wire??? The existing wire is old and is buried directly (no conduit).

Sounds like you need to update your underground wire. I would call in an electrician. From your description I think you cold be do this I a way that is not allowed by code.  You are not allowed to split a 220 line to run a 110 load.  If that is what you are trying to do.  
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