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Running 10/3 wire and wiring clothes dryer directly. The dryer does not have a ground connect for the bare copper ground. Can it be connected to the white neutral at the dryer?

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NO!! use the green screw on back where cabinet ground goes red to red white to white black to black remove cabinet ground wire and connect it up to white neutral on dryer connect bare ground to cabinet ground screw ..but wouldn't it be better to connect wall plug to house wiring and correct cord to dryer? always hate working on hard wired equipment since a lot of breakers are never labeled or relabeled correctly

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