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Estates dryer by whirlpool has a 3 prong plug. the wall has a 3 prong w/an L shape. where can I get a wall switch to match the 3 prong without the L shape as this is a straight shape

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Home Depot, Lowes, etc will sell these type plugs in the electrical section. If installing yourself, be sure you get the wires in correct positions, let me know if you need info on that.

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