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Old 09-19-2009, 03:41 PM   #1
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A little quiz for our members here. What can you find wrong in this picture? This is the terminal block on a standard electric clothes dryer:
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Old 09-19-2009, 03:54 PM   #2
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looks to me someone forgot something ELSE besides the cover... lol

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Old 09-19-2009, 04:08 PM   #3
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OK, let's not worry about the cover. I removed it to fix the problem(s). Took the photo before making repairs.

I'll have the repaired photo up later in this thread, and the final one with the cover installed, if you want.
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Old 09-19-2009, 04:27 PM   #4
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The first thing I notice is there is no strain relief on the cord. Is the neutral-frame bond disconnected?
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The first thing I notice is there is no strain relief on the cord.
that's all i can see besides no cover....

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Old 09-19-2009, 05:56 PM   #6
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no strain relef cord clamp there that part I know for sure.

Not sure but feel safe that the netural bond is allready removed.


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Old 09-19-2009, 06:14 PM   #7
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Ground/neutral connection (for three wire cord) has not been removed; no strain relief on cord.
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Old 09-19-2009, 06:19 PM   #8
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Its turned around backwards...that's the back.
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Old 09-19-2009, 07:13 PM   #9
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Here is a closer view:
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Old 09-19-2009, 07:26 PM   #10
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Should the ground with the yellow stripe be on the neutral terminal?

seems right to me for 4 wire connection...a 3 wire cord would have a ground strap from the neutral.

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Old 09-20-2009, 06:42 AM   #11
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The fact that you said repairs and that ground connection looks discolored/burnt makes me curious. The red termination looks slightly discolored also, or maybe I just need new glasses.

BTW, where in Delmarva are you? I used to live in Salisbury, MD.

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Old 09-20-2009, 10:47 AM   #12
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Theres nothing wrong with it. It's the question thats wrong.

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Old 09-20-2009, 11:35 AM   #13
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I can't see anything!
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Old 09-20-2009, 05:47 PM   #14
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OK, here is the same dryer, after "repairs" have been made:
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Old 09-20-2009, 05:53 PM   #15
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Congrats to HouseHelper for spotting both problems:

1) No connector or strain relief on cord where it enters the appliance
2) Neutral bonding wire still connected.

Herein lies what I consider to be a major problem: The neutral bonding wire is left in place when many folks install the 4-wire cord, making a return parallel path over the ECG. That green wire with the yellow strip originates from the neutral terminal, even though it is not readily apparent on visual inspection.

It MUST be removed from the green screw, and either insulated, cut out, or placed on the neutral terminal for a compliant installation of a 4-wire cord.

All too often, these cords are installed by untrained warehouse personnel, truck delivery drivers, or even appliance salespersons. This results in a non-complaint installation such as was in this case.

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