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Electrical Wiring in the Home/ring stove receptavle with old 220v wire


I am fixing up a house built in 1954. There are numerous types of wire most of which is exposed now that the basement ceilings are down. The  220 for the stove outlet has cloth around 3 sets of wire, two with rubber insulation, no colors and one with no insulation. The outlet is 3 prong Is the uninsulated wire neutral(White)or a ground? the outlet says not to ground. I know which is hot but I didn't disconnect the old outlet and the person who did doesn't remember where the bare wire went. HELP!!


Up until the 1990's, the ground and the neutral was the same wire for stoves and dryers. However, all the wire I have seen has an insulated wire for this.  If there is any way you can replace the wire, I would do that.  Any new stove is going to have a 4 wire plug on it. The white wire is still going to have current in it. If you go with the old, the bare is the white. But it would be a lot safer to replace the wire.
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Bob Sponaugle


Just about any home wiring question. (not appliance repair) I have done all kinds of home wiring for myself, including adding a new breaker box, etc. Please, questions from North America only. Please be specific with details.

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