How to install a 3 Prong Electric Dryer Cord Ground Wire explained

How to install a 3 Prong Electric Dryer Cord Ground Wire explained

I will show you how to wire a 3 prong dryer cord the correct way.
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  1. Matthew Konopka on January 15, 2023 at 3:10 am

    super helpful. had to switch from a 4 prong toa 3 prong

  2. paintbrush1 on January 15, 2023 at 3:10 am

    First time..66 women I love to take care of dyi my self.. I would recommend putting a SCREW CATCHER.. paper ot tape under the area. So not to take offback to rescue a screw.

  3. jose torres on January 15, 2023 at 3:11 am

    Noise !!! Glad that i watched this video

  4. Craig White on January 15, 2023 at 3:12 am

    Nice explanations throughout!

  5. Patriot4TheTree on January 15, 2023 at 3:13 am

    Dude, you were a brave man driving those screws back in one-handed lol.

  6. Gary Coker on January 15, 2023 at 3:16 am

    The wire from the inside of my dryer that is connected to the grounding screw is not white like in the video, mine is green with a yellow stripe. Is it the same?
    Nevermind, I rewatched and paid better attention. Thanks!

  7. Isla guahan on January 15, 2023 at 3:18 am

    Tried to hook my fryer up from 4 to 3 prong. There was NO GROUND WIRE. We tried to do it with no ground. Now I have to get the neutral and connect it to the ground.. I think.

  8. Bryan Ferguson on January 15, 2023 at 3:18 am

    So it doesn’t matter which sides the hots go on?

  9. Bo Lawrence on January 15, 2023 at 3:19 am

    Very clear! Thanks!

  10. Goofy Goober on January 15, 2023 at 3:21 am

    So the ground wire from my new plug I just put it on top of the ground from the machine that’s already on there is that ok?

  11. Patrick Buhler on January 15, 2023 at 3:21 am

    Big help thanks

  12. Bella Rain on January 15, 2023 at 3:22 am

    With your help I changed my plug all by myself I’m newly single living on my own thank you soo much

  13. Dani Schroader on January 15, 2023 at 3:23 am

    It looks like we bought the same Maytag dryer. The instructions that came with it state that with a 3 wire connection, you are suppose to connect the neutral ground wire with the neutral wire and then connect a separate copper ground wire from the green external ground conductor screw to an adequate ground. I have no idea where I’m suppose to get that wire or what I should ground it to. What happens if I don’t and just leave it as is like you did?

  14. Juan Rocha on January 15, 2023 at 3:24 am

    How would you wire the same dryer for a nema plug

  15. Azarelle Diaz on January 15, 2023 at 3:25 am

    Yes, you can flip-flop the two energized wires, the dryer doesn’t care nor will any electrical engineer. The important thing is that the center wire is hooked up to the center screw on the buss.

  16. Justin Castruita on January 15, 2023 at 3:25 am

    If you put the 3 prongs on backwards at first then fix it after it doesn’t turn on could it create a problem?

  17. Benedicta Yeboah on January 15, 2023 at 3:29 am

    Please can you use a power system that includes only the hot and neutral?

  18. DayBeforeTomorrow on January 15, 2023 at 3:30 am

    Just got a new dryer, but it has a 4 prong cord, and I have a 3 prong outlet. Can I just use the old 3 prong cord from my old dryer and use it on the new one?

  19. Ted Lahm on January 15, 2023 at 3:30 am

    Cord from the previous dryer available?

  20. Karima Zoya Timmons on January 15, 2023 at 3:30 am

    You’re one hell of a guy! I did this two handed and it was a breeze listening to your video! Thank you so much!

  21. Loupy_e on January 15, 2023 at 3:30 am

    You have the only video I found that (at around the 2:20 mark) specifies that the flat side is the back side when deciding which is the left power and right power. Sure you can assume by how it’s flat, it’s supposed to be there and make the best contact and the other videos show it like that… but it makes me sleep soundly at night hearing someone say, "yes, hold it like this to know which is the right and which is the left". Thank you for your awesome specificity.

  22. I’m only here for the comment section on January 15, 2023 at 3:31 am

    Thank you. This was exactly what I needed, and my husband high-fived me for a job well done, lol. 😆

  23. Jaqueline Mendoza on January 15, 2023 at 3:33 am

    First time doing it and I dropped the screw 😂🤦🏻‍♀️ Thanks for ur help though

  24. JW on January 15, 2023 at 3:33 am

    Which wire do I leave out if I change the receptacle to a three prong from a four? Someone said to use neutral in place of ground on three prong receptacle

  25. ItsARuckLife on January 15, 2023 at 3:36 am

    Sooo, my plug in the new house is a 3 prong but it’s like a range plug for a stove. I bought a range plug end and I’m trying to make sure the wires are lined up correctly. I would attach the "neutral" to the G on the 50a plug I bought?

  26. Joseph Gerard on January 15, 2023 at 3:39 am

    At the end when you showd us the volts in the back, like, will I die if u touch that? I’m running that exact same set up that you are, I got kids.
    Thank you so much for this video and your time

  27. talmonster on January 15, 2023 at 3:40 am

    Thank you for the information on the power and neutral wire positions. I was really worried I might have it backward and trip the breaker !

  28. Grandtheftawsm on January 15, 2023 at 3:43 am

    Are you from PA

  29. Vetra on January 15, 2023 at 3:43 am

    Just got a new dryer, I’ve never had to install the cord before. In your video, and every other video I’ve watched, the ground wire is attached on the green screw but on my dryer, it’s attacked in the neutral spot. Am I supposed to move it to that green screw?

  30. Carol Chudoba on January 15, 2023 at 3:45 am

    My red wire burned and disconnected somehow and my dryer wasn’t heating. How do I replace the burned and melted red wire and its connector on my dryer? Thank you!

  31. daydrmnation on January 15, 2023 at 3:46 am

    can someone please tell me what the 3 screws are that attach to the 3 wires… i lost one and cannot seem to find the right one at the store

  32. Prince Valiant on January 15, 2023 at 3:47 am

    Thanks for posting, you got me when you said at 5:57 "washer".

  33. Mike Corcoran on January 15, 2023 at 3:48 am

    Very good info, but, why do you people who do these informative videos struggle to get good video with one hand and other holding phone/camera when you can just get a inexpensive tripod to hold your phone/action camera and just stick it some place that will record the basics and move in to record closeups but set it down when you need to use both hands while still recording. It’s so easy peasy.

  34. Ed Murawski on January 15, 2023 at 3:49 am

    This helped a lot thank you

  35. DadofDoggos on January 15, 2023 at 3:53 am

    Thank you so much this video was a lifesaver

  36. Kristenmichellea on January 15, 2023 at 3:54 am

    Mine does not have a ground coming from inside the dryer it has three wire things on the inside and then the one for the ground on the outside the cord has four wires coming from it too hot too neutral the colors are black white red then green on the ground that color is starting from the right side over is this the right order and do I need a ground from the inside of the machine to the outside of the machine like the white one is in this video?

  37. Darrell Wofford on January 15, 2023 at 3:54 am

    add a magnetic tip screwdriver and you will not the screws

  38. Keesha Castiglione on January 15, 2023 at 3:54 am

    What are these square bolts that have fallen from where you put wires?

  39. BananaTunic on January 15, 2023 at 3:57 am

    Ahhh yessss ty man, that’s exactly what I needed, you’re awesome!!

  40. Texas Made on January 15, 2023 at 3:57 am

    Good video .thx bro

  41. Ty Espo on January 15, 2023 at 3:58 am

    Got this done in 5 minutes with your help thanks man! “watch me flail” I love it 😂

  42. Ted Lahm on January 15, 2023 at 3:59 am

    1996 new construction was the change from 3 to 4 wire. New Construction.

  43. Jesse Hernandez on January 15, 2023 at 4:00 am

    First time doing this so I assume I am lucky knowing I have a three prong hook up

  44. Carter West on January 15, 2023 at 4:01 am

    Can you use any screen to ground it I dropped it inside the dryer and can’t find it

  45. Kevin Coop on January 15, 2023 at 4:01 am

    For your viewers. Before you do this to your dryer, pull the plate off of the receptacle, and verify that there is only black, white, and bare. If there is black, white, red, and bare, someone has changed the receptacle to three wire. You should always install 4 wire receptacle and 4wire plug when you can. The only reason 3 wire cords are sold are for houses built before the late 80’s that only have two conductors with ground installed.

  46. Modern Medieval on January 15, 2023 at 4:01 am

    Your description of how to wire this exact setup for a 3-wire vs. a 4-wire, especially relating to what needs to happen with the white pigtail, was fantastic. I am helping a friend out with a 3-wire setup tomorrow that they were not sure about. And now, adding this knowledge to my skillet, I feel comfortable handling whatever setup they have.

  47. Carmela Atria on January 15, 2023 at 4:06 am

    The white wire on my dryer was screwed to the middle instead of the green wire. Do I plug it into the middle or move it to the green screw?

  48. Yamil Arce on January 15, 2023 at 4:07 am

    I’ve got a dryer system that doesn’t have any wire attached to the Green Grounding nut…. is this a problem, if I am switching to a 3wire prong ?

  49. Catch11 on January 15, 2023 at 4:07 am

    Question for you. My dryer wires are very long and when I hook them up the wires hit the back of the dryer drum. I suppose I could cut down the wire and and recrimp etc but I would rather not. Is this a danger if it is hitting the back of the drum? For reference, in order to have the wire strain on the thick outside coating (4 prong which is different cord), I have to push the wires into the dryer hole a lot and this is when the wires hit the dryer drum. Thank you for your help.

  50. Michael Anthony Outdoors on January 15, 2023 at 4:08 am

    Thank you!

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