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Trying to wire a 3 wire dryer from panel box to dryer plug

I have a 3 wire plug and live in an older house. i have a black wire a white wire and a ground wire. i need someone to explain in a little detail what steps and which wire goes where in panel box and on dryer plug in box.
wife is getting tired of hanging out clothes and tomorrow is her birthday so, i was trying to hook up a used dryer to a house that doesnt have an exsisting dryer outlet. i have run the wire under the house, and have a 3 wire plug box for dryer to plug into. i need help in which wire goes where in panel box and on dryer plug. i have never done this before and dont want to burn house down.. can anyone help me? please..

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Sounds like you have a 10-2 NM wire. One black, one white, one bare copper. At panel box, black to one hot terminal of breaker or fuse holder (L1). White to other breaker terminal or other fuse holder (L2). Bare copper to the grounded neutral buss bar.
At the dryer the bare neutral goes to the center terminal, the other two go one each on either side, it won't matter which way. Hot Neutral Hot. The neutral terminal of the dryer should have a wire or metal strap connecting it to the dryer frame if you are not using a four wire supply.

Posted on Oct 22, 2008

  • Carl Schulzetenberg
    Carl Schulzetenberg Oct 22, 2008

    Thanks for the rating ******* (64).

    Couldn't resist. Always wanted to say that. Ha Ha.

    Glad I could help.

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