This is the appropriate plug to put on the end of our 12/3 cable for hooking up a Hotrod or Hot Pod equipped with a 120v 2000 watt element. Of course it requires that you have a 20 amp outlet available. Note the blade orientation in the picture.
Material of Construction Nylon
Number of Wires 3
Cord Size 0.245 to 0.700"
NEMA Configuration 5-20P
1. But I won't be able to plug this into the outlet I wanted to use.
Correct. Devices that draw 15 amps or less will be equipped with plugs that can plug into a typical 15 amp outlet that is ubiquitous all over everyone's homes. When an appliance draws more than 15 amps but not more than 20 amps, they come with a 5-20P plug on them so that they cannot be plugged into a circuit that is rated for lower current. This is a safety mechanism. A 20 amp outlet will accept either a 15 or a 20 amp plug. A 2000 watt heating element will draw just under 17 amps. For that reason, it would be careless and potentially dangerous to put a 15 amp plug on it and plug it into a typical 15 amp circuit. At best, the 15 amp breaker will trip after a time period of use. At worst it will start a fire in the wall.
2. How do I connect this to the wire?
It is generally a fool proof operation but you do need follow the basica instructions. The Green wire goes to the green colored screw. The black wire goes to the brass colored screw. The white wire goes to the silver colored screw. When in doubt, consult an electrician. Improper or loose connections can be very dangerous.