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Old 11-08-2008, 05:07 PM   #1
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Just got a electric dryer from a buddy of mine. It didn’t have the cord for it, so I went to Home Depot and bought the appropriate 3-prong cord/plug in. I’ve only had gas dryers so I didn’t think hooking it up would be that difficult – or dangerous. I guess I was wrong.

My wife took the cord out of the packaging and without giving any thought to the 3 eyehole wires on the other end, she plugged it into the socket. There was a slight zap/flash and I thought, “huh…you must have done something wrong…I’ll unplug it and plug it in again.” This time, there was a much bigger zap/flash and I noticed that where the 3 wires had been laying (on the washer) there was a big charred spot. I didn’t think I needed to be an electrician to hook it up, apparently, I needed more knowledge though. Nothing happened to us, luckily, but it shook me up and good. I guess those 3 wires were “hot.” We never thought about them, to be honest…we just figured you plugged one end into the wall and did something with those 3 wires and off you went.

Here’s my question: would that zap had been enough to electrocute (kill?) either of us had we been holding the 3 wires at the end? I’m freaked out and won’t be connecting this, I don’t believe…even though I think I just have to connect the wires inside the dryer first and THEN plug it into the socket, right?
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Old 11-08-2008, 05:26 PM   #2
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Yes and plenty of others. Call an ELECTRICIAN with knowledge.
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Old 11-08-2008, 05:28 PM   #3
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I recommend you call an appliance service company to connect the cord to the dryer.

(I think I just figured out why they place all those warning stickers on extension cords...)
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Old 11-08-2008, 06:03 PM   #4
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If your hands were wet and the current would go through your chest (not just your fingers)?

Probably.
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Old 11-08-2008, 06:30 PM   #5
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There is always a chance. Though, your most likely to get some bad burns. Electricity burns people from the inside out sometimes...it isn't fun!
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I’m freaked out and won’t be connecting this, I don’t believe…even though I think I just have to connect the wires inside the dryer first and THEN plug it into the socket, right?
All I can say is WOW! I would have though this was common sense.

I think you just barely robbed yourself of a Darwin Award.
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This has to someone joking .....
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1. The dryer you got from your buddy would have already had a cord on it.

2. No one is stupid enough to do something like that.
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1. The dryer you got from your buddy would have already had a cord on it.
not if his buddy got a new dryer and used the cord off the old one


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2. No one is stupid enough to do something like that.
you give people WAY too much credit..... I love the part where he figures his wife did something wrong, so he unplugs it and plugs it in again !!

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not if his buddy got a new dryer and used the cord off the old one

you give people WAY too much credit..... I love the part where he figures his wife did something wrong, so he unplugs it and plugs it in again !!
That's exactly the case...my buddy kept the cord for his new dryer and that's what threw me so much...obviously, I gave myself too much credit to be able to do this. I will be calling an electrician to do this task. A man's gotta know his limits.

In retrospect, my wife and I have both laughed at me, foolishly, plugging it in again (if there can even be any humor in the whole situation), but how many times have we asked our wives "is it plugged in?" only to find out that it wasn't?
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This gave me a good laugh, whether it's real or not.
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Glad you are ok; and remember, coffee is hot.
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Old 11-09-2008, 05:28 AM   #13
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ok, IF this is serious, there is no need to call an electrician. since you had the GOOD sense to come here, most of the regulars here can help you safely wire your dryer. however, please wait until it is connected safely to the dryer before you actually plug it in the outlet!

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With all due respect an electrician is in order..... but i agree with 220/221 no one would do that unless your not from this planet....
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This has to someone joking .....

I'm thinking the same
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