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Old 11-26-2011, 03:52 PM   #1
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4prong dryer receptacle to 3 prong plug (6-15p to 14-30r)


hey guys im trying to connect a 3 prong 240v plug to a 4 wire dryer receptacle. 6-15p to 14-30r

should i just replace the outlet with the right one or attempt to make some kind of adapter cord out of parts i can find at home depot?

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Old 11-26-2011, 04:06 PM   #2
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hey guys im trying to connect a 3 prong 240v plug to a 4 wire dryer receptacle. 6-15p to 14-30r

should i just replace the outlet with the right one or attempt to make some kind of adapter cord out of parts i can find at home depot?
Replace the cord on the dryer.

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should i just replace the outlet with the right one or attempt to make some kind of adapter cord out of parts i can find at home depot?
The receptacle is the "right" one, you want 4 wires. The cord is not.
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sorry guys the 3 prong plug is actually for a ballast and has two horizontals and a ground. it's not the old style 3 prong with them in a circle pattern.


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I was thinking "dryer" before.

I'd change the receptacle. Just cap off the unused neutral connection in the box. I'd also change the breaker since it's a 15 amp rated outlet.
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sorry guys the 3 prong plug is actually for a ballast and has two horizontals and a ground. it's not the old style 3 prong with them in a circle pattern.

That is a 15 amp/250 volt plug.
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The 4 prong outlet you have there has a neutral, besides the 2 hotlegs and ground. I believe it is a 30 amp outlet. The plug on your cord is 3 wire 240volt 20 amp. You can Change the outlet to match your plug. Just do not use the neutral wire. Have a voltage tester with you to check which is hot. You also MUST change the circuit breaker to a 20 amp. It is unsafe to use a larger breaker than what is required. Better yet call. Licensed electrician. Good luck
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The plug on your cord is 3 wire 240volt 20 amp.
It's 15 amp, not 20.
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It's 15 amp, not 20.
Hard to tell from the picture, but I guess your a super duper electrician.
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Not only is he a super electrician, but the OP said it was a 15.

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Hard to tell from the picture, but I guess your a super duper electrician.
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Hard to tell from the picture, but I guess your a super duper electrician.
No, it's not. It is extremely obvious that it is a 6-15P. Both hot prongs are horizontal. Why do so many people get offended just from being corrected?

And yes I am.

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