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I am changing out elctical outlet from 4 wire to a3 wire outlet need to know how to wire

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If this is United States standard wiring, newer homes are REQUIRED to have a 4-wire outlet according to the National Electrical Code. If you own a home with this type outlet configuration, its actually illegal to remove it and convert to the 3-wire configuration. Changing the power cord on the appliance is actually an easier option and less expensive (not to mention, you won't be violating any electrical codes). The following link explains how:

The main difference is how the Neutral (White) and Ground (Green) wires are installed. In a 4-wire configuration, the neutral and ground are independent of each other. Make sure you remove any grounding straps on the terminal block between the ground and neutral.

NOTE: A replacement power cord can be purchased at any hardware store for $20 or less. The cost to have a Certified Electrician install a new outlet for you (if they would) will easily exceed that.

If you have any questions, please let me know. I hope you find this information helpful.

Posted on Jul 19, 2009


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