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for USA, Canada and countries running a 60 Hz power supply service.The two insulated wires would be your 220 legs and you have to scrounge around for the ground. Sometimes in older homes the ground wire was run outside the box and attached with a little clip on the face of the box. You might even see it wrapped around a screw in the back first. Other times, the old two-wire might be inside a conduit. In this case, the conduit was supplying the ground.

So, you can take a ground wire and attach it to the box using a self-tapping screw. This will provide your ground and you can then attach it to the receptacle.

If your system was supplied by a conduit just attaching a ground to the box may not do. Sometimes the conduit does not have continuity, meaning there is a break in the pipe fittings. About the only way to check this for you would be to check for power with a meter. You should have 220V between the insulated wires and 110V between each insulated wire and the ground.

If in any doubt, consult a qualified electrician.

AddendumIf you are fortunate enough to have conduit or old BX (steel sheathed wire) look into pulling new wire. If you only have 2 wires in the box, you may not be able to get a good neutral or ground connection to your appliance. You must have a good ground connection, and if you want this for a 220/110V appliance you need a good neutral connection. Without a good neutral you will burn up the 110V loads in the appliance. If you only have two wires, use them only if you absolutely cannot run something new. If you can run new wire, try to run four conductors instead of 3. This will allow you to install a more versatile 4 wire plug. For ovens and dryers old 3-wire plugs no longer meet the wiring codes for new work.

IF YOU ARE NOT ALREADY SURE YOU CAN DO THIS JOB

SAFELY AND COMPETENTLY

REFER THIS WORK TO QUALIFIED PROFESSIONALS.

If you do this work yourself, always turn off the power

at the breaker box/fuse panel BEFORE you attempt to do any work

AND

always use an electricians test meter having metal-tipped probes

(not a simple proximity voltage indicator)

to insure the circuit is, in fact, de-energized.

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