I need to connect new replacement GE double wall oven wires to house wires where old oven wires were connected. Existing house wires are: black, red, white, and bare copper. New oven has black, red, and the white/copper wires are clamped together. How do I connect the oven white/copper clamped wires with the house white and copper wires? Power is off at box. Verified wires from house are dead. Thank you!

  • Check the installation instructions, or give us the exact model number. It likely tells you to remove the clamp for 4-wire installs.
    – Tyson
    Oct 15 '17 at 3:50
  • It is GE # JT5500.
    – Pamela
    Oct 15 '17 at 3:51
  • It does say to remove the clamp. I tried that but it was really tight so I thought I'd ask before I damaged it!
    – Pamela
    Oct 15 '17 at 3:52
  • Remove it like they say.
    – Tyson
    Oct 15 '17 at 3:56
  • Okay, so then it is just the 4 wires attaching to the existing 4 wires? That makes sense. Thank you.
    – Pamela
    Oct 15 '17 at 3:57

Remove the clamp -- cut off the clamped end and restrip the neutral if you have to

If the clamp is too tight, you may have to cut off the clamp and then strip the insulation from the cut end of the neutral. This is mentioned in step 8A of the install instructions for your oven:

Free the neutral (white) lead from being restrained to any other wires. If necessary, cut the neutral (white) lead and then re-strip it to expose the proper length of conductor.

From there, it's a matter of attaching like to like with the wirenuts -- red goes to red, black to black, white to white, and bare to bare + the box ground pigtail (bare or green) if there is one. If there isn't a box ground pigtail and the box is made from metal -- get a bag of 'em and screw the screw-end into the screw-hole in the box, then nut the wire-end in with the bare wires.

  • So instead of using the twist caps, I'd secure all of the wires together under a pigtail on the metal box?
    – Pamela
    Oct 15 '17 at 4:08
  • @Pamela -- the pigtail from the box (which'll be bare or green) needs to go into the twist-cap that has the bare wires from the oven and house going into it Oct 15 '17 at 4:09
  • I was confused about what a pigtail was. The pigtail is the bare wire coming from the house?
    – Pamela
    Oct 15 '17 at 4:13
  • I wiuld add red and black are both hots, and are interchangeable. They are color coded differently in standard cable because sometimes the difference matters... here, it does not. Oct 15 '17 at 12:05
  • @Pamela -- the pigtail is the bare or green wire coming from a screw on the box itself Oct 15 '17 at 12:59

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