[Boatanchors] Article on changing from 2 to 3 wire power cords

Maury Guzick w5io at sbcglobal.net
Wed Aug 7 10:08:26 EDT 2019

 I appreciate all the replies. 

I have been replacing worn out 2 wire power cords with newer 2 wire cords of similar style on radios with one side grounded to the chassis. 

I am at the moment looking at bringing back to life a HT-32 I got for $10. But the AC is or has been lifted off the chassis. There have been a number of mods under the chassis. So I want to have a better understanding of how to rewire the power cord. 

I also am looking at some antique radios that are AC/DC types that will need new cords, so this inquiry is multipurpose. 


    On Tuesday, August 6, 2019, 7:17:20 PM CDT, Eric <vzwengr at gmail.com> wrote:  
 My very unlearned opinion.....

Connecting a supposed to be floating metal cabinet to the grounding wire 
and then using the hot and neutral wires to connect to the chassis 
inside the cabinet would protect against the cabinet from "going hot". 
As far as I know this is the entire purpose of the grounding wire.

If the cabinet is wood, plastic or some other insulating material,then I 
can't see any reason to install a 3 wire cord & plug.

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