Electrical supply for a dishwasher


Old 09-04-08, 07:17 PM
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Electrical supply for a dishwasher

We have just bought a new dishwasher and I'm stumped with the wiring. The old dishwasher had a wire running from it with a plug that went into the standard wall socket behind the dishwasher under the cabinet.

This new diswasher has no wiring with it. I've googled like mad and know that I need an electrical cord to go under the dishwasher, which I then need to wire up myself at the front. However, how do I attach this to the house's electrical supply? My questions are:

1) Can the dishwasher just be plugged into the standard under cabinet wall socket behind it (house built 1988, has fuse for dishwasher in breaker box)
2) If so, can I just buy this electrical cord to attach it? Is it specialised or do Home depot etc sell it?
3) If I have to make some sort of extension cord myself, how do I do it? What parts do I need?

Thank you
P.S. I'm British and have no idea about American electrics.
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Old 09-04-08, 07:47 PM
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They are not too hard to hook up in cord/plug fashion.

However due you are from British so let me fill you in real quick with North America system

Black - Live

White - Netrual

Green or bare - Earth { ground }

You will find a junction box front bottom of dishwasher and you can go any big box store or hardware store and get applaice cord and get NM { non metalic or Romex } clamp as well and 2 or 3 yellow wirenuts and hook up match the colours.

Old 09-04-08, 07:54 PM
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If the cord on the old dishwasher is in good shape, you can probably just move it to your new dishwasher and connect it the same way.
Old 09-05-08, 12:02 AM
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Thank you both for your reply. I'll go to a DIY store and pick up one of the cords recommended.

John - unfortunately the old dishwasher was taken away by the delivery guys........ we live & learn!

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