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03-10-2001, 10:46 AM
I have to re-wire a shielded type 3 prong Monitor plug INTO a unshielded type 3 prong plug to go into a regular wall outlet and I AM LOST !! I have stripped the wall type outlet and have three wires (duh)..one is green, one is black & one is white. Which is which?? I dont wanna burn up the monitor when I plug it in http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/biggrin.gif H E L P !! I am NOT an electrician and dont want to become one ....yet.... http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

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Charles Kozierok
03-10-2001, 10:58 AM
My advice: take it into a hardware store and ask someone there.

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03-10-2001, 11:42 AM

In the UK the green wire is Earth
The black wire is Neutral
And the other one is Live
I say the other one 'cos in the UK we do not have a white wire, but a blue one?
Hope this is of some help
All wiring colours should be universal then we wouldn't have problems like these.

03-10-2001, 12:00 PM
With the male plug facing you, blades at the bottom: attach the black wire to the blade on the right, the white wire to the blade on the left, the green wire to the round or u-shaped neutral blade. For a receptacle (female) facing you, black on the left and white on the right.

03-10-2001, 12:20 PM
I'm going to the Hardware store as ixl suggests http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/biggrin.gif on the Three prong plug I have Black, Green & White (this is US color code) on the Monitor cord I have Brown, Striped(green stripe on white wire) & Blue (maybe Intl code?). I have a smelly mess in the making here for sure http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/biggrin.gif http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/biggrin.gif !!

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03-11-2001, 10:21 PM

On the outlet the screws are also color coded--green wire goes to the green screw, white wire to white screw, and black wire to brass screw. Many outlets are also marked (ground = green, black = hot, white = neutral). On the cord take a multimeter and do a continuity check on each blade/wire end.

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03-12-2001, 09:45 AM
Hey Randy
What TJAY and MJC have said is absolutly true. I am an electician (residential/commercial 26 years). The problem will be finding which blades do what on the monitor. Do you have the book for the monitor? It may have a schematic that will tell you which blade is ground, common, and nuetral.

The hardware store probably wont be much help with the monitor cord.

Good luck

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03-12-2001, 12:14 PM
SUCCESS http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/biggrin.gif.....The monitor is working!!!.....Now that I consider myself a Master Electrician (although what little hair I have is standing straight up in the air right now).....here's what I learned should any of you have the dubious honor of having to wire a monitor to a standard three prong plug in the future:
US color code: Black - HOT / White - Neutral / Green - Ground
International code: Brown - HOT / Blue - Neutral / Striped - Ground

Yikes........I HATE electricity stuff http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/biggrin.gif http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

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03-17-2001, 07:50 AM
It is interesting that the US use BLACK for the Phase.
Black and Blue in NZ, Australia, England and many other places, is Neutral.
Red and Brown are Phase.

At least we have a green wire in common!

So are you saying that you don't want me to teach you the resistor colour-code???
It's only ten different colours representing different decimal values, plus two other colours for tolerance.


03-17-2001, 11:18 AM
My prayer today is that I never set eyes on the inside of a set of shielded wires again.

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