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I just bought a Neptune and low and behold its of course a 4 prong cord and my outlet is a 3 prong. I do have a certified electrician friend to help but I do need to have the parts when he gets here. So far I do have the properly rated 3 prong replacemrnt but and at a loss with the grounding of the unit. What grounding wire/s do I need. Thx in advance thom

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Any hardware store like ACE can set u up with all the stuff u need, just ask for help and tell them what u are doing, i did this for my folks and ACE helped with parts and details of the job (love ACE), u can do this without your friend, it is easy.

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