06:53PM | 01/06/05
Member Since: 01/05/05
3 lifetime posts
I bought a new range and was going to get it installed but when the delivery guy got there, he discovered that my old range was direct wired ... and the delivery guy obviously wasn't going to touch it. My friend -- who has electrical wiring experience -- disconnected the direct wire and installed a plug receptacle into the wall so the new range could plug in. He tested the receptical and it works just fine. He also disconnected the wires to my old oven/range in the process.

Unfortunately, when we called for redeliverly of our new range, we found out it was damaged ... so we have to use the old range for another couple of weeks. So today, I decided to put a new three-wire plug on the old range (the old range was three-wire). I installed the plug, following the directions of the guy at **********. His main direction to me was to "make sure the smaller of the three wires on the plug is attached to the post with the white wires coming out of it." So I did that ... and got the other two wires on the other two posts, but my understanding was that it didn't matter which wire went on which post ... only that the thinner of the three wires needed to go with post connected to white wires.

So I got the plug installed and plugged it in. No problem. Turned on the burners and they glowed. Turned on the oven and the elements inside glowed.

So here's my question(s): If I have connected the wires backward, what would I see? Would the stove be working right now? Would there be a short or a blown fuse ... or Would I have electrocuted myself? (I can touch the oven chassis without a shock.) In short, does the fact that the burners and elements are working mean that I installed the plug correctly?


09:18AM | 01/07/05
Member Since: 07/23/04
491 lifetime posts

** If I have connected the wires backward, what would I see?**

Either nothing would work on the range or "BOOM" when you pluged it in or turned something on.

**Would the stove be working right now?**

If hooked up wrong, chances are no!

**Would there be a short or a blown fuse**

If hooked up wrong, chances are yes!

**or Would I have electrocuted myself?**

Possible, but unlikely.

**In short, does the fact that the burners and elements are working mean that I installed the plug correctly?**

Remember we cannot see your work, but yes it does -sound- correct if everything is working and no "BOOM" ;)


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07:43PM | 01/11/05
Member Since: 01/05/05
3 lifetime posts
We've been using the burners and there's been no BOOM. The food doesn't taste any better, but the cook hasn't been fried either.



01:32PM | 01/12/05
Member Since: 07/23/04
491 lifetime posts
Thankx for the update!! :)


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