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Which of the outside wires is the hot

Re solution offered. I'm not replaceing the cord, I'm replacing the plug. The cord has 3 wires. The middle is ground. I don't know which of the ourside wires is hot. There is no colour -coded insulation. Only black. the only difference is that one of the wires has printing on the insulation.

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One of the conductors has a rib impressed into the insulation - this is the "identified" conductor and goes on the nickel colored screw of the replacement plug. the other is the "black" or hot and goes to the brass colored screw.

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