Grounding, also earthing, refers to the practice of providing a direct conductive path to the physical ground for an electric short to a chassis. Tag questions involving the installation or retrofitting of grounding with this.

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Bonding Neutral and ground in a service panel

My home has a 200amp meter box with 6 double breakers beneath the meter under a flap - 4 breakers are 60amp (stove heater, AC, unknown) - there are also 2 100amp breakers going to load centers inside -...
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What are the proper steps needed to install a grounding rod?

We had an electrician friend upgrade our service panel and install grounding rods. I've read that you have to drive the rod flush to or below ground. Please see these pictures. Is this okay? Do I need ...
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Three sets of wires and no clear way to ground

We're changing the extremely old fixtures in our hallway with some sleek modern LED lighting. Upon removing the fixture I discovered three sets of twisted wires - double white, black-red (the fixture ...
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Which wire is the ground in this light box?

So I'm trying to fit a new light fixture that's got the usual black, white, and copper/green wires coming out from the light itself. However, when I took off the old light and looked at the wires in ...
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Installing grounding rods…without hitting something critical?

Is there an easy way to figure out where a safe location for grounding rods are? I don't want to hit a sewer line or a water line. Our house is on a raised foundation and has a crawlspace underneath. ...
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Tester showing ground, but I am not seeing a ground

In the original portion of my 1940's house, I have three outlets that have wires being ran using conduit. When I test them using a three prong tester, it shows that they are grounded, but when I open ...
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How to add a gfci and surge protector to pool pump line?

I want to add a gfci and surge protector to the 240v circuit for my pool pump. The 12 guage power wires (red and black) and ground (green) run from the corner of yard directly to the main breaker ...
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Connecting earth wire with motor water pump

I am going to rewire my house and at present we have no earth wire anywhere in our house. Even the wires/cables available here in the market only have one phase wire and one neutral wire in them. So I ...
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Is there a length limit on grounding conductor to ground rod?

My service panel is over a concrete patio, it was improperly grounded in the crawlspace. I cannot drive a proper ground rod in the crawlspace so I would like to drive one into the earth on the side ...
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Is it safe to ground a portable generator using the house ground at the service panel?

I've bought a portable generator that I'll use when the power goes out. The instructions in the paperwork state that the generator needs to be grounded before use. Can I use the house ground at the ...
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Is it okay to have an ungrounded light fixture?

I recently moved into an older home (built in 1968) and have been replacing some of the older light fixtures. We pulled down one of the lights and found that there is a ground running into the box but ...
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Electrical — Open Ground on One Tester, Correct on Two Other Testers

Very Simple: I have a multi-unit building that had two separate outlets in different rooms with open ground readings on an outlet tester. Grounded each separate outlet to a nearby junction box with ...
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Is is safe to only use a gfci with no ground wires downstream?

If you use a gfci outlet and the rest of the outlets downstream don't have a ground wire attached, are they still considered grounded and are they safe?
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Is this iron pipe lamp grounded/insulated enough to be safe?

I replicated this lamp from a Home Depot tutorial. http://blog.homedepot.com/diy-industrial-lamp-cool-desk-lamp-made-from-pipe/ I'm worried that the lamp socket isn't isolated enough and that the ...
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How should grounding be handled for multiple RV pad feeds?

Trailer pads were wired at my deer camp over 15 years ago. The main power pole has meter with 200 amp disconnect. From the meter a 3 wire service was run overhead to each pad. At the first breaker ...
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What can I do about a severed grounding wire?

After doing some yard cleanup, I realized that my panel ground wire was severed. I went to Home Depot and was told that they only carried a temporary solution (see attached photo) and that I should ...
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Should I install GFCI outlets or run new grounded cabling in my older home?

I am renovating an old home(90 years) that my wife and I just purchased. The electrical system in the house is outdated - some of the outlets appear to be knob and tube but most are the brass and ...
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How do I rewire this electrical panel?

House was built in 50s or 60s, and there was a bundle of wires all grounded to the main ground lug. I removed them and began to separate to disperse them along the ground bar, and three of them are ...
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What problems might a single ground rod above 25 ohms resistance cause?

The Electrical Code (USA) requires that a single ground rod have a maximum resistance to ground of 25 ohms (NEC 250.53(A.2)). If this isn't met, an additional ground rod is required, but no resistance ...
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Where do I attach the grounding conductor to my bedroom light fixture?

I have a problem, I broke the center piece that holds the glass part on my light fixture in my room. I purchased a replacement and removed the two screws holding my fixture on to the ceiling. Now I ...
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short to earth 120 v ac breaker

If a hot wire is shorted to earth i.e. the hot 120 v ac wire that comes out of a Ex. 20 amp breaker is directly connected (short) to a grounding rod, why wont the breaker trip.
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Sub panel grounding

I replaced an old FPE sub panel that has no ground wire with the feed. The main panel is a new 200 amp with a 100 amp breaker feeding the sub. The wire is #2 copper ( 2 hots and one neutral in 1 1/4" ...
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Should data ground wires be attached to plumbing?

I have ground wires attached to copper plumbing on the house side of the dielectric coupling. The telephone service box has a ground wire which I found attached to copper plumbing. The satellite ...
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Does a grounding wire from a breaker panel to an outside grounding rod need to be in conduit?

I've got a breaker panel in my detached garage (it is not a sub-panel, but is a primary forked off just past the meter). The panel seems to be wired correctly- the neutral and ground bars are tied ...
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I have more than 1 submeter off my main service do I need a (8ft 5/8"), grounding rod for each sub meter?

I have more than 1 submeter off my main service do I need a (8ft 5/8"), grounding rod for each sub meter? They feed outdoor receptacles. Thanks for any help.
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What reasons are there to rewire an ungrounded circuit instead of adding GFCI protection?

The NEC allows replacing non-grounding-type (2-prong) receptacles with grounding-type (3-prong) receptacles by adding GFCI protection at the breaker or first outlet. What reasons might there be for ...
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Why are ungrounded GFCIs required to be labeled?

I discovered in my new house that someone had incorrectly connected grounded outlets (without any ground connected) to the knob and tube wiring. I have read that the outlets can be made safe by ...
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Why must all outlets share a ground conduit?

I was reading this answer in my quest to see how possible adding grounds to my existing knob and tube house would be, and was suprised by: Are you asking if it's OK to run a separate ground wire ...
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Is it safe to ground electrical appliance?

I have a large lamp with a metal frame which is not grounded(which I thought is a legal requirement for metal framed appliances in my country, but perhaps not). Is there any risk if I swap out the 2 ...
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New Main Panel & Sub-Panel - Hooking up Ground / Netural - Connecting to Plumbing / Ground Bar

Older 1960's house. The outside panel is a FPE Stab-Lok that needs upgraded. Will be using this panel to upgrade it, which has a 125-amp main breaker: The current box is directly to the left of the ...
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Apartment with no grounding/earthing… do I really need it?

Just a quick question. I don't know much about electricity, so here it goes. I got an apartment where there is no grounding. In fact, there is no grounding for the whole building. I have 110v and 220v ...
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Does thermostat need to be grounded?

If a thermostat is connected to an air handler, which is connected to the main panel and has a ground wire, should one of the thermostat wires be connected to the ground?
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Is this outlet grounded?

My house was built in 1949 and some of my outlets look like this guy while others run updated Romex into plastic boxes. With the wires coming through the conduit in the plaster, are these grounded ...
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Can I bury a bare ground connecting rod?

We just ripped out an old rotting deck at our house, this exposed the wire that connects the electrical panel to the grounding rods. There is a PVC pipe encasing the wire from the panel to ground ...
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Restrictions on tying grounds together?

I'm replacing the hard line to the garbage disposal. Instead of the hard line i'm installing an outlet. The box where the garbage disposal switch is located has two circuits in it. One is for the ...
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Is there a safe alternative to electrical grounding for computers in Argentina?

I came across this APC product page for Microsol Isolator Modules, which purportedly provide "safe power in places with poor or nonexistent grounding." The unit is meant for Brazil, so it won't work ...
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3 wire service to panel… neutral and ground wires on the same bar? [duplicate]

I'm getting two conflicting reports and was wondering if anyone can help me. I was told that on the distribution panel, grounded conductors (neutral) and ground wires need to be separated in the ...
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A closed breaker has some voltage going through - how is that possible?

Some background first: I have a single-phase system (220V). I installed an RCBO direct from the external supply and then the output from that went into the main breaker panel outside the house. I ...
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Replacing single pole light switch with dimmer

I'm trying to replace a single pole light switch with a Leviton 6674 dimmer. This dimmer has four wires including the ground wire and a wire which is tagged and used for three-way applications which I ...
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What is a 'grounded neutral' and how bad is it?

I bought an electrical device a few months ago. A few weeks ago, it failed, complete with the release of magic smoke. I contacted the company, and they've had me mail it to them and have been ...
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Underground Wires + Bare Ground Condutor, entering building

I had a setup in which underground aluminum wire coming from a garage (detached structure) travels through a ¾ pvc conduit into what seems to be a rather shallow depth trench. This installation was ...
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Could bad grounding cause sparks and fire when connecting the cable box and TV?

I just moved into a home built in 1955. During inspection, it was noted that none of the outlets were grounded even though they had three prong outlets installed. Per our agreement, the owner ...
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TV antenna installation: How to ground

I'm going to be installing a TV antenna with a mast. I want to make sure I ground everything properly. As far as I can tell, I need to ground the antenna via the coax and a grounding block, and then ...
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why are 120v coming out of my light switch plate screws?

While troubleshooting a dead GFCI receptacle in my bathroom I discovered that a nearby light switch plate's screws have 120 volts coming out of them. The GFCI was reading 1.5v from hot to ground on ...
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How do I handle ground wires in 2-gang box with circuits coming from separate breaker boxes

In my house, I have 2 breaker boxes- in the basement there is a 200-amp main box, with the ground and neutral bars bonded. Feeding the main floor, there is a 100-amp sub-panel (branched off the main ...
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Ungrounded outlets, what are my options?

I'm currently in a lease on an apartment as a tenant. I've done quite a lot of small-time electrical work on places I've lived in the past: changing out outlets, switches, two-way switches, etc. I'm ...
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Acceptable ground to neutral voltage?

First of all I'm pretty sure I know the theory behind the effect. I know about the inductive and capacitive coupling, about 3-phase balance problems and about ground bounce, so this question isn't ...
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What should I do with the ground wire on a replacement bathroom fan motor?

I bought a new motor for my bathroom vent fan and it came with a ground wire. The old motor does not have a ground wire, or not that I can see. What should I do with the ground wire?
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How to properly bond metal junction box with 6 AWG conductors

What is the appropriate way to bond a metal junction box containing a receptacle wired with 6 AWG wire? It seems that most metal junction boxes have a 10-32 tapped hole to accept a ground screw but ...