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I want to replace a cord end(120V grounded). The ground is marked green but the hot and neutral are both black. How can I determine which is which since there is no power running through? The other end is not accessible.
 

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Block heater. One of the jacket ribs has white writing on it but I cannot make it out as it's severely faded from weather.
 

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Ayuh,... 1 of te leads should have a raised ridge on it, that's the neutral....
The Hot lead will be smooth all the way around...
 

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Both sides look the same. Only difference is the white writing. Internally the strands are the same color and thickness as well.
 

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Ayuh,.. In that case, It don't matter...
It's just a straight through resistence element anyways...
 

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The marked wire is the neutral, whether the marking is a raised ridge, ribbing, or writing. So in your case, the wire with the white writing should be the neutral. That said, Bondo's right, it probably doesn't really matter with a block heater, but you might as well hook it up the right way if you can.
 

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Thanks guys, you're right. I was able to scrap off some crud and made out some of the writing which said "NEUTRAL WIRE" on the jacket.
 
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