Just bought a used dryer much newer than the old one.
Need to replace 4 prong plug with 3 prong. I know I will be replacing
the whole wire at the dryer end.
A site with pictures or advice from folks in the know?
When you install the three wire cord set on the dryer, the center terminal
needs to have a jumper installed from the terminal to the metal frame of the
dryer. Once this is installed the center wire of the cord set goes on that
terminal, and the outer wires of the set go to the adjacent terminals
I'm sure other posters will correct me if I'm wrong, but if you have a
plug that is closer (or at) current code, doesn't it make sense to
replace the outdated receptacle instead of the "proper" cord?
That would make the most sense if he has a four wire feed to the current
dryer outlet. If the feed is a round Romex type cable, it could be four
wire. If it's an oval shaped gray plastic or cloth covered type SE cable,
it's three wire
It is not that simple since the existing cable does not have four
conductors. You may be able to replace the wire, but that may be a major
project also if it is in the wall and not easily pulled. While the code
allows using a jumper and three wires on the appliance, I don't think it
allows using a four pin receptacle on a three conductor wire.
I wouldn't disagree with anything there; though calling tens of millions of
dryers and ovens an electrocution hazzard when I doubt anyone has ever been
electrocuted is a bit of an overstatement. It could only happen if the
neutral gets broken somehow and you touch the dryer with a wet hand when you
are well grounded. And even then it is improbable; though certainly not
Can anyone document an actual fatality from a 3wire circuit?
The advice above is correct. If you don't know the neutral from the other
two hire a pro. It isn't worth dying over.
They come from the factory with a jumper from the neutral to the body of the
dryer. This is removed when the dryer is installed using a 4 wire cable.
Then the ground wire is attached to the body. If you are going back to 3
wires you reverse the process.
I just installed a new stove and this is the way it came.
Well now that I visited the site given make that THANK YOU!!! Good
info. And the associated
is a lot of fun, and gives sound advice.
Education is about knowing where to look for answers.
That is now the code. Two hots, neutral, ground. Used to be the 110V
controls could use the ground as a neutral.
Note: It is not 120V, normal dryers use 220V There may be some small
portable units that use 120V.
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