New Dryer Install Violation

mikeames

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Germantown MD
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Teacher - Master Electrician - 2017 NEC
I just bought a new washer and dryer from a big box store. I let them install it simply so I didn't need to be bothered. After they left I checked the back of the dryer and saw the conductors in the cord hanging out and exposed. I thought "typical" and decided to put a clamp in so the conductor didn't pull on the terminals. After I got the cover off, look what I saw. So no cable clamp and the obvious issue. Needless to say they have zero training but just 2 inches to the left of this is the diagram. I am only posting this because it seems everyday, in every area in society people are incompetent, or take shortcuts. I am not going to call the big box store because few will even understand. I just wonder how many dryers these guys wire in peoples home who don't know.


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infinity

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New Jersey
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Journeyman Electrician
Probably the delivery guy hooked this up. I would guess that just about every install that this company does looks like that. On a job we had hardwired wall ovens with high temperature wire in the whip. The delivery guys removed the whips and installed cords because they had spec'd range receptacles in the wall. The ovens were not listed for cord and plug. I'm guessing that although these things are violations no one has gotten killed so no one cares.
 

Fred B

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Upstate, NY
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Electrician
I wonder how many installations that looked like this or worse it took to get dryer circuits onto a GFCI in the 2020 code.
 

GoldDigger

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Placerville, CA, USA
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The big box store might not care, but there is a possibility that the actual manufacturer might. It is their product and reputation on the line if anything goes wrong.
 

LarryFine

Master Electrician Electric Contractor Richmond VA
Location
Henrico County, VA
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Electrical Contractor
And, remember that this connection completely negates a properly-wired sub-panel, affecting more than just the dryer.
 

mikeames

Senior Member
Location
Germantown MD
Occupation
Teacher - Master Electrician - 2017 NEC
Probably the delivery guy hooked this up. I would guess that just about every install that this company does looks like that. On a job we had hardwired wall ovens with high temperature wire in the whip. The delivery guys removed the whips and installed cords because they had spec'd range receptacles in the wall. The ovens were not listed for cord and plug. I'm guessing that although these things are violations no one has gotten killed so no one cares.
Yep Exactly!
 

mikeames

Senior Member
Location
Germantown MD
Occupation
Teacher - Master Electrician - 2017 NEC
I wonder how many installations that looked like this or worse it took to get dryer circuits onto a GFCI in the 2020 code.
After reading the above post and thinking how installers should be qualified, I came to the unfortunate conclusion that because of people wanting the cheapest deal, and nobody getting killed, this will continue. So is perhaps this is the NEC reasoning for GFCI on dryers.

Ridiculous, yes but reality. That said once GFCIs feed dryers, will there be widespread confusion when the GFCI breaker trips? HUHH? But.... we always done it that way????
 
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