hi. I'm new to this forum and to welding. I like boating a lot and I've ended up doing a lot of work to boat trailers. My friend started letting me weld using his lincoln stick welder and it was a lot of fun and after doing it a bunch I decided it would be worth having a welder at my dad's house. So I bought a lincoln 225 ac welder (crackerbox) from craigslist for a good deal and brought it home. I realized I needed an extension cord to go into the laundry room cause there is no 220 volt receptacle in the garage. I then realized that the three pronged dryer receptacle has two hots and one neutral and only puts out up to 30 amps. I've researched and know that I need 50 amps and 220 volts and a ground for my welder and many people online have said that it is NOT safe to try and hook up my welder to my dryer receptacle.
What are my best options??
Should I install a 220 volt, 50 amp receptacle in the garage?? ( most people online have different opinions about this... I have come to the conclusion that I would probably hire a professional to do this the right way / have it inspected )
How much would it cost to have an electrician do this??
Should I just try to get a generator for my welder?? (I guess it would have to be pretty hefty.. 220 volts*50 amps= 11k watts
Like I said.. I'm new to all this and bought the welder real quick cause it was a good deal and I really like welding things.. but I just need some expert advice to get started cause I know electricity can kill you