Control Panel (Part 2)

 

STEP 2: Build power cord

We need to build a power cord to get power from our dryer outlet in to the control panel.

Two options are available depending on where your GFI is located: 

  1. Use a cord with a 30A GFI built in, or
  2. Use a standard 4-wire dryer cord (with a GFI breaker in the electrical panel).

Regardless of the solution you choose, a GFI should be used.

 

 240V AC 30 amp cord with GFI built in (17 feet long):

Standard 240V AC 30 amp dryer cord (10 feet long):

 

Both cords are already equipped with a plug for plugging into our dryer outlet. All that's missing is the L14-30 connector on the other end to connect to our control panel.

If you use the 30A GFI power cord be aware that it uses non-standard wire colours for HOT and NEUTRAL so be careful how you connect it up. Refer to the picture below and hook it up as follows to the L14-30 connector: The two hot wires (black and brown) are connected to the 'X' and 'Y' connectors with brass screws, the NEUTRAL wire (blue) to the 'W' connector with the silver screw, and the GROUND wire (green) to the 'G' connector with the green screw. Cut off any compression ring terminals first - all we need is bare wire. 

If you use a standard 4-wire dryer cord the wire colours are typically standard. Refer to the picture below and hook it up as follows to the L14-30 connector: The two hot wires (black and red) are connected to the 'X' and 'Y' connectors with brass screws, the NEUTRAL wire (white) to the 'W' connector with the silver screw, and the GROUND wire (green) to the 'G' connector with the green screw. Cut off any compression ring terminals first - all we need is bare wire.

Leviton L14-30 connector used to connect to our control panel:

240V 30A power cord with GFI built in, plugged in to the dryer outlet.
The actual GFI circuitry is in the large grey box with the red 'test' and black 'reset' buttons.