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The house I moved into has a four prong outlet and I bought the proper cable and need to know were the green wire gets installed, is it the ground, and if so does it go to the external ground connected on the dryer

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Change a 3 prong plug to 4 prong


Is it an electric dryer or gas dryer? If it's a 120 volt gas dryer, then no, you need to keep it on a 3 prong cord. If it's an electric dryer, then yes it is possible to install a four prong plug onto it. Although it isn't recommended.
The main thing you need to know is which wire is ground. From the machine, it should be the green wire. On the plug, there should be on prong that is slightly longer than the other 3. The ground has to be the first one in the wall receptacle and the last one out. So the slightly longer one is where the green ground wire needs to be wired in. The other two wires are both power so it doesn't really matter which prong you wire those wires at.
Once again I'll remind you that it isn't recommended to convert 3 to 4 prongs like that. Just be careful and make sure you aren't touching any live wires.

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I NEED HELP CHANGING CORD TO A 4 PRONG ASAP!!THANKS


These two pictures illustrate the power wiring on a the terminal of an electric dryer. The one to the left here is the old-style three-wire configuration. Most people have this type in their homes. New code changes, though, require that dryers now have a four-wire cord, shown to the right. These are just just thumbnail pictures that you can click for a larger view. But I'll bet you already figured that out, didn't you?
Besides the number of wires in each cord, there are two important things to notice. First, in the four-wire configuration, notice that the dryer's grounding strap is folded back on itself. The whole point of the four-wire cord is to separate the ground from the neutral. The green wire (the "new" extra wire in the four-wire cord) is attached to the dryer cabinet. In the three-wire configuration, the grounding strap is left intact and the neutral and ground are tied together.
tn_3prong_dryer_outlet.jpgtn_4prong_dryer_outlet.jpgIf you need to re-wire the outlet, these pictures will explain the anatomy of the three-prong (left) and four-prong (right) outlets. Once again, these pictures are just thumbnails--click 'em for a larger view.

Sure hope this helps you find a resolution to your delimma! Best wishes.

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Three wire Four wire.


Better? Best wishes and sorry about the pics. Hope this is better.

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New house requires 4 prong plug for dryer...mine has 3...bought new cord...How to wire it?


The old three prong, the vertical prong is neutral (white wire), the two slanted are 220 volts. The new plug, the extra prong is ground (bare wire). Shut off the outlet at the breaker panel, and remove the outlet to examine the wiring to it. It should be as above--the 220 volt wires are red and black or black and black. The ground wire is bare or green insulated. Inside the dryer case, tie the green and white wires to the dryer case, and tie the two outside wires where they went with the old cord. Check with an electrician if you are unsure about this.

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You'll need to get a new 4 prong cable. Connect wires as color coded now and connect the green to the frame.

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I had to change from a three prong to a four prong outlet. The green wire wont reach the gound bolt on the back of the dryer. I currently have it set on top of the white wire but there is also a copper...


You need to remove the grounding strap between the GROUND (Green) and NEUTRAL (White) wire if it still attached. A four prong configuration has a ground independent of the neutral wire. If the ground wire is too short to reach the terminal block, I suggest you install a longer wire of the same gauge, find an alternate location that you ground the wire to the case, or pig tail the exisiting ground to accomodate. The following link explains the 4-prong configuration:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r793520-3_prong_4_prong_power_cord_conversion

Nearly all modern appliances require a 4 prong power cord now. If you have any questions about this repair, please let me know. I hope this helps you.

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Frigidaire self cleaning stove mod FEF369cgsb ser vf94422321 was originally wired direct and it shows 4 wires. Now I want to use a plug and outlet, 3 prong. How do you connect the 3 prong plug? thank you...


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the original wiring probably had a red, white, black, and green wire. It is 240 volts. The red is hot, carrying one leg of 120 volts. The black is also hot, carrying 120 volts. The white is neutral, and the green is the ground.

I am against altering this, but you can wire the red and black each to a hot leg, and wire the white and green to the bottom ground. This then introduces a ground wire to your neutral bar in the circuit panel, which is not the best way to do it, but will work.

Best to get an electrician to wire a 4 wire cable to a four prong outlet, and then use a four wire pigtail with a 4 pronged plug.

Lots of people modify it, they ground the green wire to the stove, where the wire originates,and to the box with the outlet in it where it hooks onto the plug if it is metal. Then you have a part ground. And that is assuming you have a cable with wires sticking out to wire to a plug.

Boils down to your decision. If the above isn't the case, get a four pronged outlet and wire the red and black to the top two prongs, the white to the neutral, and the green to the metal box it sits in.

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Need to install a 4-wire/ prong dryer cord strain relief assbly


The green wire attaches to the dryer cabinet. There should be a green screw in the cabinet for attaching the wire. If not, you can always drill a hole for a ground screw.

The loose green wire you see is the reason the code was changed to a 4-wire cord.

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Have a three pronged power cord, need a four pronged power cord


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I want to change a two prong outlet to a three prong.


Depending on the age of the house and its location, wiring codes can vary widely. Many older homes used a product called "Romex", which is essentially a cable with two wires in it that gets stapled to the studs and joists of a house as it is routed through the structure. This is still allowed in many parts of the country (USA).

Again, depending on the age and location, some homes have "conduit", which is a metallic piping into which the house wiring is installed. This is typical of newer homes, but not always required depending on the part of the country in which the house resides.

The issue you may face if you change the receptacles from a two prong to a three prong type is that the old insulation may crack or even crumble in your hands when you remove the old two prong receptacles. Also, these system were not always grounded very well and could pose a risk. Some equipment without a third wire that serves as a ground will not function properly and can be risky to use if it has a metal case or housing.

Take a look at the main electric service panel in the house and read the labeling on the panel. It's possible that this older home only has 60 amp service instead of the standard 100 amp. In today's world where many if not most things use electricity, 60 amp service may not meet your needs.

If you are not familiar or comfortable with this type of work, you may want to consider having a licensed electrician assess the home and make recommendations.

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was the machine working when you bought it? if there's 240 available, then a problem is in the machine NOT your wiring. both motors, the dryer and wash motor may be 240 volts OR 120 volts - a hot leg to ground. the feeder should be a four wire because the white is the neutral and the ground an equipment ground. at the panelbox both the equip gnd and white terminate at the neutral bus.

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