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Old 09-20-2010, 10:00 PM   #1
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Wiring for electric range

I am trying to install an electric range/stove. The house was built in '85, and the range was directly connected to the wiring. The cable is labeled "6-2 0 NON METALLIC SHEATHED CABLE TYPE NM 600V E10816K (UL)." The cable has 3 wires: a white braided copper, a black braided copper, and a single copper wire.

1. Could someone explain what the three wires are?

In addition, the stove came with a new power cord that has four wires.
2. Can this plug be used?

3. If so, what will the wiring for the 4 prong receptacle be since the cord from the wall is only 3 wires?

4. If not, is it safe/legal to install a 3 wire power cord and a 3 prong receptacle?

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Old 09-20-2010, 10:54 PM   #2
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A 6-2 "romex" is not suitable for any range circuit. It is lacking a neutral conductor.

Best thing here is to replace the whole she-bang with some 8-3/g cable, which has 4 conductors. And use a 4-wire receptacle: NEMA 14-50R.

Your range cord will fit nicely into that outlet.

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That type of cable you describe that is not legit for range useage due the range required netural conductor.

So replace it with 10mm˛ triplex { #8-3 NM } and with 40 amp breaker and with 4 conductor range recetaple and cord and you are good to go.

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