Question about Dryers
3 wire 220v box, only need a 110v plug. Can use ground as neutral? along with red as hot.
Yes you can but that's not how it is suppose to work. The green is normally a safety ground. On a normal 120 volt circuit , the black is hot, the white is neutral, and the green is your safety ground. If you use the red as hot, and the green as neutral , then you do not have a safety ground. Plus, the circuit would not be protected by a breaker. I would say don't do it. Run an extension cord or put in another wall outlet.
Posted on Nov 18, 2014
I wouldnt do this just because you might have some other things being grounded inline.
Posted on Nov 18, 2014
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: Electric Dryer
If your dryer came with a 4-prong plug, do not change it. For the very reasons you quoted with the article, you may screw up the 110v accessories required of your appliance (like the clock or digital display). It is best to change the household outlet to a 4-prong type. Just make sure your wiring is correct. You will need a neutral on the 4th leg, which means you will probably have to run new wiring from the outlet to the distribution panel.
Posted on Jul 01, 2007
The green wire attaches to the dryer cabinet. There should be a green screw in the cabinet for attaching the wire. If not, you can always drill a hole for a ground screw.
The loose green wire you see is the reason the code was changed to a 4-wire cord.
Posted on May 06, 2009
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