so the power cable I need to hook up to dishwasher has one white one tanish color and then the ground so do I go white whit black to the tanish and then green to ground the bare copper one?

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    What country are you in? And what do the dishwasher's instructions say to do (or what's the model number if you don't have the instructions?)
    – Nate S.
    Apr 17, 2019 at 16:59
  • Can you post photos of the power cable? Apr 17, 2019 at 22:33
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    You are probably correct BUT you need to know for sure. You need to use a tester to determine which wire is hot.
    – Alaska Man
    Sep 15, 2019 at 18:42

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If you are comfortable with the process use a voltage meter and determine which conductor is hot. Then permanently mark it with a fat black magic marker.

  • Black is appropriate for the US, but not necessarily other countries, and OP didn't indicate. Still, +1 on principle.
    – FreeMan
    Feb 10, 2021 at 12:24

should have 1 black, 1 white, and 1 green or bare copper, black is normally the hot leg, white is neutral and green wire is ground, always use a volt meter and check black to ground and white to ground to see which is the hot leg.

  • This is valid for the US (North America in general), but wire color standards vary around the world and OP didn't indicate what country she's in.
    – FreeMan
    Feb 10, 2021 at 12:23

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