I recently went to install a new electric range for a customer, nice glass top Samsung. I was going to be installing an outlet and line cord as the previous range was hard wired. Upon arrival I found the these wires (see attached photo). There are two hots (red and black) and a twisted strand bare wire. This is apparently how the previous range was installed with the bare wire going to the neutral terminal on the range (customer disconnected old range himself). This is an old house (early 1950s), but 75% of the houses here (Long Island) are from that time period or older and I've never seen that. I was unsure if this was correct, I suspect it's not and it's almost definitely not up to modern code, so I referred him to an electrician.
I don't know if the bare wire is a neutral or ground, I've never seen a bare neutral. I didn't trace the wires or look into the electrical panel as this is beyond my area of expertise and not something I would get into anywhere except my own house. He was upset that I wouldn't do the installation. Any ideas or comments on this? Was I wrong in declining to the do the job (I don't think I was and I certainly didn't want to be responsible for a potentially dangerous electrical problem)?
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Edited by LI-NY Tech, 29 December 2013 - 10:01 AM.