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Kenmore dryer I have 218V 30 breaker. I have red wire and black wire giving me my 218 and a ground copper wire. but no neutral. can I still get my dryer to work.

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  • rmaka Jan 26, 2009

    is it still to code i live on a float home, so if i dont have neutral do connect the ground to the neural post of just take the ground to the box

  • rmaka Jan 26, 2009

    I have 2 wires and a ground, so if i understand for the short time a week, and have bought dryer recptical and armoured cable with a red, black, white and a ground. But just so i can do few loads of drying shoud the ground go to the ground or to the neutral. i would say that i could ignore the neutral for now if i could get away with that just until next weekend. and use robber gloves and boots when I turn the dryer on.

  • rmaka Jan 26, 2009

    Got it Thanks

  • rmaka Jan 27, 2009

    I tried exactly how you suggested and it works now. I see the benefit if have the 4 or neutral for the return and the ground in 4 wire armoured format.

    so far the is no power going to the chasse the first time the ground gave current to the chassis then I change the ground to the other connector.

    Thanks again for your help it gave me confidence to proceed.


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Yes. Ground and neutral connect to the same point in the breaker panel, and neutral is not needed for an electric dryer.

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  • Mark Egan Jan 26, 2009

    Do you have 2 wires and a ground, or three wires and a ground, coming to the wall plug (forget the dryer side just now.) from the breaker/fuse panel?

    You need at least 2 wires and ground to be code, and more important, safe. You can use a water pipe for ground, but then you say you are on a "floating" home? I assume a home floating on water? If so, I would run a new 10-2 or 10-3 with ground.

  • Mark Egan Jan 26, 2009

    If you've got a good ground between the dryer and the fuse box/breaker panel, then you won't need to worry about runner boots and gloves. Whether that ground is through the neutral, or ground.

    Remember, neutral is tied to the same point in the breaker panel/fuse box as the ground is. Either way, either go to ground, and you will have ground.

  • Mark Egan Jan 26, 2009

    Thanks for the rating!

    By the way, you will have ground as long as the breaker panel/fuse box has ground as well. And you probably have that if you are not getting shocked from other devices powered from that panel.


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