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Here's a link to a diagram of a 4 wire hook-up. Douglas

4-wire diagram

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I have a gfci/switch and need a 4 wire instructions. As none of the diagrams match what i have.

What device are you replacing... a switch or a outlet?

1) If you are replacing a switch with 3 or 4 wires?
That is either a 3-way switch, 4-way switch, or a DPDT switch and cannot be replaced with GFCI

2) If you are replacing outlet with 4 wires, then it can be replaced with GFCI combo.

3) If you are replacing ordinary single-pole switch, then you can replace with GFCI combo IF the box has a neutral wire

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Step 1:

1) please use desk lamp and connect in outlet wall, where the treadmill is connected.
2) if the breaker or fuse is blown, the problem is the outlet wall.
3) Test the wire ground with DVOM, if there are touching with another wires inside of the outlet
4) test the another wires white + black, if there are touching, or there connecting with the carcase from the outlet and repair.

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1) if the problem if the machine: please test the power cord use the DVOM for continuity

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Need to wire a 4-prong where a 3-prong cord

Copy following link for general diagrams:

If the appliance has 4 prongs, that would be unusual today except for maybe commercial or 3-phase units.
4 prong 240Volt usually implies need for neutral wire.
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Go to the following webpage and you will see a picture and description of how to wire your dryer.
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Moved and the new place has a 4 prong outlet. i need the wiring diagram to switch from 3 prong to 4 prong power cord

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We have a kenmore 70 series electric dryer, and we have a three prong receptacle, but the plug is 4 prong. What type of adapter do we need?

According to the National Electrical Code, as of 2000 all newer homes are required to have a 4-prong receptacle for all 220VAC appliances. However, if your home already had a pre-existing 3 prong outlet, you shouldn't have to upgrade to a 4 prong. The following link explains:

The main difference is how the neutral (WHITE) and green (GROUND) wires are termnated. In a 4 wire configuration, the neutral and ground are independent of each other. In a 3 wire configuration these two wires are terminated together. The instructions to convert a 4-prong appliance to a 3-prong are at the bottom of the page in the link I provided.

NOTE: If this is a new dryer, keep in mind, some REQUIRE a 4-prong plug even if you have a pre-existing 3 prong outlet. Read through your installation instructions that came with the appliance if in doubt. If this is the case, you will need to have a 4 wire outlet installed by a certified electrician.

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Wiring diagram

This model of cook top needs the 4 wire install because it has both 220v and 110v circuits. The forth wire is a neutral that operates the 110v circuit. You can move the ground of the 3 wire outlet to neutral, but ONLY! if the ground wire is insulated. What this will do is give you both your 220v and 110v circuits. The problem with that is your cook top will not be grounded. The best solution is to locate a neutral wire and tap into it, this will give you your 4 wire circuit. Your missing a neutral in a 3 wire outlet.

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