Installing a Dryer 30 Amp power cord, 120/240 volt. what gauge wire?

Discussion in 'Electrical Forum discussion & Blog' started by 87vertgt, Sep 18, 2009.

  1. 87vertgt

    87vertgt New Member

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    10 gauge? talk to me boyz
  2. Speedy Petey

    Speedy Petey Licensed Electrical Contractor

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    All dryer cords are #10.
  3. Alectrician

    Alectrician DIY Senior Member

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    Dryer = #10 wire
  4. jar546

    jar546 In the Trades

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    I would run 500kcmil just to play it safe with voltage drop. M1 cable would be a better choice
  5. r_2016

    r_2016 New Member

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    # 10 wire will do. Fyi, I think that #10 wire is orange.
  6. Speedy Petey

    Speedy Petey Licensed Electrical Contractor

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    I've never seen an orange dryer cord.

    Besides, I think the OP forgot all about this thread. I would be nice if he came back to explain what the heck he is asking about.
  7. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    wire

    #10 wire is WHATEVER color you decide to buy. The Dryer "cord/pigtail" will be red, white, black, and green with a black covering over it.
  8. Ford2001

    Ford2001 New Member

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    Just make sure the receptacle outlet will except the male end of the
    dryer cord.

    So are you going to use a 3-wire or 4-wire dryer cord set.

    Installing a 4-wire dryer cord set can be a little tricky.

    With a 3-wire, grounding of the dryer frame is done thru the
    neutral/grounded conductor of the dryer cord

    With a 4-wire, grounding of the dryer frame is done thru the ground
    conductor of the dryer cord.


    And if not sure how to do this properly, post back, there some good
    guy here, that will walk you thru it.
  9. Lakee911

    Lakee911 I&C Engineer (mostly WWTP)

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    My covering is gray ...
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