Identifying the Wires of a Disposal Cord
George, from Austin, Texas asks:
I want to connect a power source to a garbage disposal and however, the power source cable does not have a white cable as instructions state, instead has two black cables, one soft and other rugged or with lines. Which wire represents the white? Any help is greatly appreciated.
Great website - Very complete and helpful!
Disposal Cords often have the same color insulation for all of the wires so it ca be very difficult to tell which wire is which, however there is one way to know which wire is for the hot and which is the neutral:
The smooth wire is for the hot or connects to the Black wire of the disposal.
The wire with lines is used for the neutral and connects to the White wire of the disposal.
The center wire is typically the ground and in most cases the ground wire, and with some cords the ground wire has green insulation.
Be sure to use a two screw cord connector when attaching the cord to the disposal.
Kitchen Disposal Wiring
You saved me a lot of headache!
Your Welcome Steve!
I'm glad this helped you with your kitchen disposal wiring.
Disposal Wiring Made Easy
Excellent article and diagram Dave.
If I didn't know better I would think I was an electrician.
Well thank you very much, Nelson!
Many Handymen and Handy women are Fine Basic Electricians with a great deal of potential.
I'm glad this disposal wiring diagram was helpful for you.
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