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desperado 12-30-2010 11:39 AM

3 prong cord hook up
I am installing a new dishwasher and I have to hook up a 3 prong electrical cord. I bought a kit and the middle wire is clearly labeled "grounding wire". I need to hook up the 2 remaining wires to the dishwashers black and white wires. My question is does it matter which of the 2 remaining wires on the cord I attach to black or white? Neither is labeled black or white, positive or negative.

sirsparksalot 12-30-2010 11:43 AM

yes, it matters. connect black to black and white to white.

desperado 12-30-2010 11:47 AM

Ok...thats the problem..the only wire on the cord that is color coded is the green wire..the other 2 do not have colored interior coverings that I can see..they came pre stripped..the outer covering of the cord is standard gray with no pos or neg markings....

desperado 12-30-2010 11:50 AM

wait, I think I found it...on the front of the plug itself there is a "w" next to one of the prongs..I'm assuming this is white..thanks!!!

J. V. 12-30-2010 11:52 AM

It does not matter.

Jim Port 12-30-2010 11:55 AM

Look for a ridge on one side of the cord. This will be the white wire.

desperado 12-30-2010 12:06 PM

Ok..didn't see any white or black..I'm assuming, hopefully, that the "w" next to one of the prongs stands for white..there is a "g" next to the top prong for "ground" I'm assuming again..

desperado 12-30-2010 12:08 PM

Yup..the ridge is on the same side as the "w" prong..thanks so much!! My wife would have been pissed if I blew up her new dishwasher - I would then replace that one by manually doing dishes!!

joed 12-30-2010 05:08 PM

It does matter. The black wire goes to the smaller of the two prongs. It's the left prong when looking at the plug. It might not be smaller on a three prong plug.

AllanJ 12-30-2010 07:01 PM

Point the plug at the receptacle (outlet), that is, away from you, and with the ground pin at the bottom. The "white" or neutral prong is to the left.

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