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Wiring a 3 wire dryer wire into panel box

I have a 3 wire dryer and 3 wires at panel box. i know black is hot and white is hot, where do i wire the ground wire to? the neutral buse bar that has a big white wire that goes back towards meter or the grounded bus bar that is grounded to the ground?

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  • asshole64 Oct 22, 2008

    now i'm wiring 3 wires into panel box. need to know if i hook up ground wire to neutral busebox with wire going back into meter or the grounded buse bar that is to the ground?

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It doesnt matter if u put it under the ground or nuetral bus bar it will work and be safe either way!

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Stick her under the neutral buse, the groung and the neutral are connect at the panel anyway.

Posted on Oct 22, 2008

  • butch welch Oct 23, 2008

    Thanks for the rating, but I did want to clarify something about neutrals and grounds. neutrals are neutrals and grounds are grounds. In a panel if a wire is on the neutral bar you assume it to be a neutral. If its on the ground bar you assume it to be a ground. You handle both with care. The difference being if you take a neutral from the bar and it is caring a load at the time it will become a hot wire (120 volts) and it has the potential to kill so always treat a neutral as a hot wire. Ground wire have no potential, so just keep the separated. The ground and the nuetral are bonded (connected) by the screws that hold the bar in the panel

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