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I was given the dryer, and the cord unattached. I want to be sure I attach them correctly. The cord has three prongs and ther are three holes for attachment. Where should the grounding be atached?

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For a 3-pronged cord, the ground (nuetral) is the middle wire on the cord and is attached to the middle terminal post. the outside wires are attached to the outside posts. It doesn't matter which wire goes to which side.
On 4-pronged cords, there is a fourth green wire that is attached the unit's case for grounding purposes. Which cord you use is dictated by what power outlet you have, 3 or 4-pronged.
If I can help anymore, please let me know.
Best, G

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Well, of all the problems, you selected an easier one!
Your four-pronged cord has two straight lugs on it.
These are "HOT".
You also have two more lugs, one is round, and one is "L" shaped.
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Here's how they attach.
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Same with the black wire.
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