My dryer blew up and there is no chance of repair — it was pretty old anyway. I found a used dryer and brought it home. Unfortunately, the cord don't match the receptacle. I Need to know if there are adapters for this or is there an easy DIY solution?

the plug and cord

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You'll simply have to purchase a 4 prong dryer cord, which can be found at any local hardware store or big box store.

4 prong plug

Then follow the dryer manufacturers installation instructions for connecting a 4 prong plug.
Most dryers will be wired similarly to the one described in this answer, though it could vary a bit from manufacturer to manufacturer.

  • Ok.. I will have to try this! I cant afford an electrician so im hoping I can do this alone.. =) Thank You for your reply! Commented Sep 24, 2013 at 12:17
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    I've done this or the inverse several times - it's trivially easy. All you need is a screwdriver.
    – John
    Commented Sep 24, 2013 at 14:50
  • The original cable looks like NEMA 10-30, Outlet NEMA 14-30?
    – HerrBag
    Commented Sep 24, 2013 at 17:40

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