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I need help connecting an adapter to my dryer that has four prongs please the adapter that came w/the dryer only had 3

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This must be hard wired if u look in the back of the dryer u will see where the wires connect , should be a couple of screwss or nuts that connects them .. make sure unplugged . running 220 volts through there , will make ur hair stand up

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