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amakarevic 06-30-2008 11:53 AM

grounding dryer outlet
the dryer outlet i got only has three inlets for the hot and neutral wires of 10-3 cable. no inlet/screw for grounding, like regular ones do. i just piggytailed the ground wire around one of the receptacle braces into which the outlet gets screwed in. not sure if that was the right thing to do. do they make dryer outlets with a grounding screw ?


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HouseHelper 06-30-2008 12:16 PM

If the dryer circuit is wired with 10/3, you must use a NEMA 14-30 receptacle/plug that accommodates both hots, neutral, and ground.

amakarevic 06-30-2008 12:31 PM

is this always 4-pronged ? the cord i got for the dryer has a plug that is only 3-pronged and one prong is bent at a right angle ? i am not sure whether i will be able to just get an outlet that matches this plug but does meet the specification you gave or i will have to get both a different cord and outlet ?

on the other angle, which cable should be used with the outlet/cord combo that i did get ? the dryer works fine the way i set it up, BTW.

joed 06-30-2008 12:43 PM

You must change the dryer cord to a four prong type. If you have the manual for the dryer it should have the instructions on how to do that.

JohnJ0906 07-05-2008 09:05 AM

This shows the bond strap on a range (dryer is pretty much the same) along with it removed, and a 4 wire cord installed.

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