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Answered 2012-12-03 23:58:45

You need 10-3 PLUS ground for this 220v application. The ground is the only uninsulated wire. If you did it with 10-2, I would suggest re-doing it correctly ASAP. That leaves you without a neutral and potential for supply to go through grounding wire to breaker box (or through a person to ground, causing electrocution).

Clarification: you do not need three current-carrying conductors for all 220 v applications. There is no neutral in 220, so you only need two "hot" leads and a bare safety grounding wire. If the appliance (as here, a dryer) actually needs 110 in addition to 220, then yes, you need 10/3 cable, plus grounding wire.

First of all the word "shield" in electricity refers to blocking magnetic flux. What you meant to say is "insulated" which means to block conductivity. When #?-2 NM w/ Ground wire is used in a 240 volt circiut, there is no neutral conductor. You're connecting the black and white wires hot and the bare wire as equipment ground in the distribution panel. On the dryer a 3 wire cord is connected with the neutral and ground terminals jumpered, so that the ground wire ran to the dryer serves as both ground and neutral. This is how dryers have been wired for many years in most of North America. Electrically this works because ground and neutral have the same electrical potential. Technically, however, it's wrong because a ground wire shouldn't be used as a normally current carrying conductor, and in the case of a dryer, the motor and control circuits are 120 volt, causing a small current flow in the ground conductor with a 3 wire supply.

The real question is: Does a residential dryer require a separate neutral conductor or just a ground conductor? The same question asked differently does a residential dryer require a #10-2 or #10-3 supply cable?

The answer is: If this is an existing dryer supply, a #10-2 cable with a 3 prong cord will work just as well as it has for decades, but if this is a new installation, a #10-3 cable and a 4 prong cord is required to abide with current laws.

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