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Old 11-14-2014, 07:34 PM   #1
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cord for range oven. help!!


hi everyone

i just bought a new house, there is no outlet behind range oven, instead, there is a cord directly from wall. what bother me is that the cord looks wired. there are two black cord and many small copper wire in that cord. i don't know how to connect to my oven or to a outlet? any suggestion? thank you!
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I'm guessing that all those little wires are actually your ground wire. Further into the outer jacket, those individual wires are likely twisted together to form a heavy gauge ground wire.
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Old 11-14-2014, 07:47 PM   #3
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You need to install a 3 prong surface mount receptacle on the SE cable. The two insulated go to the X and Y terminals. The other will go to the center terminal after you spin it into one conductor.
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thanks for all responds!!
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I'm thinking a copper thief has been in that house and that mess needs to be checked out by a qualified electrician even though this is a DIY site.
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Old 11-14-2014, 08:52 PM   #6
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The 2 blacks are your hot wires, the bare concentric strands are twisted together to form your neutral wire. A 3 wire, NEMA 10-50 receptacle would be your choice on this one.
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Old 11-15-2014, 10:17 AM   #7
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I would be very reluctant to use that cable.
If it's impossible to change, maybe you could have an electrician Meg the cable for you. It could have been pulled into a staple and smolder inside of the wall.
Best would be to have a new cable installed, 8/3 w a ground and change to a 4 wire.
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