So before I begin let me say I am a complete idiot when it comes to anything electrical besides the very basics. So I am working on a project where I am powering something that needs 240 volts AC. So what I have done is taken two male outlets and wired them with 10 gauge wire to a common female plug. I have attached a picture below.
Now this is where my lack of electrical knowledge is hurting me here. When I plug these into different outlets it only gives 120 volts. I have done some research and found out they need to be on different circuts so I tried that as well. Only gave me 120 volts. I also heard something about being "180 degrees out of phase". Now please don't bully me too much but I have absolutely no idea what that means. If anybody could help me out that would be great. Also if you need more pictures I would be glad to supply them.