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Hi, I’ve been googling this one, and haven’t been satisfied with the answers. Maybe you can give me a definitive one. I have a three-wire dryer outlet running to a 30 amp breaker (240v)…so: two hots, a neutral and the ground. I want to remove the dryer outlet and install a standard-looking single- or double-outlet recepticle (three prong, but two are oriented horizontally which is 240v). The 15-20a outlets I’ve been seeing seem to only have two screws in addition to the ground. I’ve read that I can mark the neutral with black tape and run it to one of the screws, then cap the unused hot. I want to be sure: will capping one of the hots, running the other hot and neutral to the screws still provide me 240v power? Is this the safe way to do this? I’m competent enough to do the wiring at the recepticle, but I’d rather not have to go into the panel and disconnect the extra wire at the breaker. Thanks for any answers.
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