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Am i correct in saying that a 3 wire can be run to a dryer or range as long as it is run from the 1st set of Mains at the meter?
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Before 96 or so that is how it worked. The theory is if the neutral lands on the same bus as the GEC, it is ground. Once you get a ways down a feeder neutral is not ground anymore. Phil Simmonds pointed out that neutral is not ground on the load end of a branch circuit either and he got his change accepted. He said "The war is over" wink


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What Greg said is how it was back then

We have an amendment within the NJ adopted version of the NEC that allows it still today, IF it's a replacement appliance, AND the mfg installation paperwork does not accept it. That said, 99.9% of the guys install a 4 wire feeder for appliances. (Period)



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The ironic thing is most of these I saw prior to 96 were still installed with 3 wire w-g Romex and they either clipped off the ground or bonded to to the box with the neutral landing on the 3 prong receptacle. Putting in the 4 prong might be as simple as just swapping it out.


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No,this one is around 50 or 60 years old. Range wire was old #6/3 with insulation cracking at range outlet terminals, not to mention a jumper off it of 14/2 feeding a dryer on the opposite side of wall:( and another jumper off of one leg feeding a 120 volt outlet behind the range:( Needless to say, after the feeder going through the brick outside blew up and started smoking, I'm changing the service. What a nightmare it started out to be, but it's taking shape now. Hopefully I'll finish it tomorrow. Got her some temporary power for tonight. Never a dull moment in electrical work.


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