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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Why doesn't my motion sensor light work?

I want to install a simple motion sensor (Lutron Maestro MS-OPS2) on a single pole switch in my garage. When I installed it the light would not turn off. The instructions (PDF) that come with the ...
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Is my circuit breaker box grounded? If not, can it be?

I recently bought a house that was built in 1960. During the inspection, I was told that the majority of outlets weren't grounded. However, it appears a few are such as in the bathroom. How do I ...
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Where does the ground wire go in a 3-prong dryer cord configuration?

We moved to a new place where the dryer connection is 3-prong instead of 4-prong. The dryer was originally 4-prong, so we bought a 3-prong cord and installed it. It works fine, except I am not ...
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How to solve a miswiring of neutral and ground

An Outlet in the dining room which had a microwave plugged into it stopped working. I found 120+ volts from hot to ground and 96+ from hot to neutral. Also at one point my "three light tester" showed ...
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Does an extension cord from 2 to 3 prongs have any benefits?

If you're plugging a device with a 2-prong plug into an extension cord that has 3 prongs on the other end, does that give it the grounding benefit of the third prong?
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Do I need to ground Ethernet cable run beneath a pier & beam house?

I'm fairly amateur when it comes to home networking, though I get the basic concepts. I bought a 1000' spool of this Cat6 Ethernet cable, simply because it was the only outdoor-rated cable sold by ...
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New Fan Switch Grounding Cable issues

I installed a new switch for a new ceiling fan. For power, I pigtailed the 3 wire cable to my new switch from an existing light switch. My problem is with the newly installed ground cable. The 2 ...
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How can I upgrade a 3 wire appliance receptacle to a 4 wire receptacle?

I have a cabin, wired for 220 and even has a sub-breaker near the outlet. There are 3 wires to the connector (two hots and the neutral). The range-top that I want to hook up is a 4-wire model (2 ...
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Where do I attach the earth conductor on a plastic fixture?

I'm replacing some outdoor lights. The old ones were metal, and the earth wire was connected to a screw on the base. The new fixtures are plastic, and there's no earthing screw. Where should I connect ...
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A ground rod where a drain needs to go

My house sits on a hill, and the gutters don't properly drain. As a result, I'm digging a new drain along the side of the house to re-route the water. However, while digging the drain, I came upon a ...
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Can armored bx cable come into contact with other metal objects?

I am running armored 12/2 bx to wire 4 high hats, the armored cable is grounded. There is a heating duct which I must go over, but the AC will come in contact with it... Is this ok or do I need to ...
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3 wire service to panel… neutral and ground wires on the same bar?

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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Can I extend an electrical ground wire with a copper wire crimp?

I am working with an electrical socket and I need extra length on the ground wire. It doesn't seem unreasonable that I can attach an extra three inches to the existing one and attach it with a copper ...
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How many ground rods are required for panel and subpanel?

I have a main service panel with two breakers: the main service breaker and a single large breaker to another subpanel in the same structure. All other circuits are serviced from the subpanel. My ...
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Japanese Appliance has a Green/Yellow Ground Wire coming out of it, What should I do?

So I recently purchased a Japanese Toiletseat thing (I can't read japanese but I've just been translating little by little), and it has a ground wire (a green/yellow wire) Coming out of the back, ...
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Does HVAC lineset need to be grounded?

My HVAC contractor says the installation of the line set between the air handler and the condenser outside is complete but he has not grounded the lines. Do HVAC copper pipes need to be grounded?
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Ligth Switch with 4 wires

I removed an old light-switch and the following appeared: I went to Brico, showed them the old switch, and got the one below. I am wondering a bit how to connect it. I am a bit worried that I only ...
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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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Can I safely ground a light fixture if the ceiling box has two hot and one neutral wire (no ground wire)

Checking for dupes, I saw this question, but the situation appears different as my box is metal, among other things. I'm fairly new to electrical projects, so bear with me. I recently installed a new ...
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Why does my computer have a ground fault only when a peripheral is attached?

I have a weird problem regarding grounding: I have a computer, printer and a LCD screen connected to the electric outlet through a power strip. My computer is zapping me when I touch the body so I ...
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What do I do with the ground wire?

I just bought a wall timer to replace a three-way switch. The wall timer comes with three wires, one for the common screw wire, and the other two are for the travelers, with no place for a ground ...
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Since neutral is connected to ground how is current kept off of ground?

If neutral is connected to ground and current desires ground then I would think it would go to ground. But my understanding is that it is kept off of ground until it's "upstream" of the breaker box, ...
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Would you ever wire white and ground together?

I was replacing some outlets in my house with tamper-resistant ones, and came across one where the white and ground were wired together, as seen in this picture. Why? Is that okay or appropriate ...
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What could cause the ground wire on my baseboard heater to burn?

On the photo below, you can see that the ground wire as burned. Description of what i know: the wire is connected on a 240V line to my baseboard heater the wire seems to be a AWG 14/2 I don't know ...
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Integrating into knob-and-tube wiring: okay to borrow a ground [duplicate]

I have a mixture of knob-and-tube and NM-B. If I'm extending from knob and tube, but I have a (different) an NM-B circuit nearby, is it technically allowable to ground via ground wire in the other ...
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Where do I attach the fixture grounding wire when no supply grounding wire is provided?

I am replacing an undercounter light and I have a black, white and red supply wire but no green or bare copper supply wire. Where do I attach the green ground wire attached to the fixture?
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How should I connect to a short ground wire in a metal box?

I live in a 50's era house that has breakers and a ground wire in every metal box of the house. The problem is they only used 2 prong outlets. They cut the ground wire short and wrapped it around the ...
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How can I make a fake ground output?

I'm having problems with my electrical oven: I get shocked when I touch it. I think the way to solve this is to connect the ground wire it has (the green wire) to ground? The problem with that is ...
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How do I add grounding to my old electrical wiring?

This old house is (50's) is wired with cloth covered 12/2 Romex with no ground and all metal boxes. Can I just run a 12 ga or 14 ga solid wire between boxes and then to the ground bus of my service ...
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Can I terminate a ground wire to the neutral bus if the ground bus is full?

I have a Crouse-Hinds main load center. The ground bus is at the top left of panel and the neutral bus is at the bottom right of the panel. I want to add a 15 amp circuit for two outlets in my ...
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Ground wire behaves weird

I never experienced this and it doesn't really make sense. I installed recessed lights(6) with the switch. I connected them all in parallel. The house uses only two wires for lights, white and black. ...
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Why do I hear intermittent speaker hum that goes away when I turn lights off or on?

I'm hearing speaker hum in a stereo system that I recently hooked up. I can't pinpoint when the hum begins, but I've identified that turning certain lights off or on in the same room eliminates the ...
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Why do I detect voltage on my ground of surge protector?

Renting an older home and upon moving in was saddened to see outlets without grounds (two prongs). So, for one of the outlets I bought a 2 to 3 prong with ground clip and ran the ground to some vent ...
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Can I attach the main ground from my service panel to the old steel water main in my house?

My current main ground is improperly connected to the water line in my house and I am planning on changing it this week. It is "connected" to (read: formerly soldered, now kind-of-sort-of laying on) a ...
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I have a 3-pronged receptacle but no ground wire connected to it. Is this ok?

I removed the plates from outlets to paint walls and noticed that some of my electric boxes have ground wires connected to outlets while others do not have a green wire at all. Is this ok? I know ...
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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 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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Are directTV dishes energized in some way?

Are directTV dishes usually energized in some way? I was recently at my grandmothers house installing an over the air digital tv antenna. I decided to use the same coax cable that originally ran to ...
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DIY solution for open ground wiring where electronics need to be plugged in?

Although many of the original two-prong outlets in a rental property (built around 1958) have been replaced with three-prong ones almost none of them are actually grounded (the couple that are ...
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Can I extend the ground/bus bar in a main service to accomodate subpanel equipment ground?

I am about to replace the main service breaker panel in my house. The old panel (a 200amp Siemens 40-circuit) had bus bars that extended the entire vertical length of the box. The new panel I would ...
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How would I ground an internal ethernet surge protector?

I have a Cat-6 cable running to an external PoE security camera that I'd like to have surge protected, but I'm unsure how to ground the protector. It has a prong coming off that I assume is the ground ...
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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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Japan: Can I ground a dishwasher by connecting it to a sink?

This is a question about electrical safety in Japan. I know this isn’t a Japanese forum, but my Japanese isn’t up to much, and everyone I can ask either knows nothing about electrical safety or ...
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How should I ground two switches in a handy box that were previously ungrounded?

I am replacing two light switches in my bathroom. One controls the light above the sink and the other controls the fan in the ceiling. When I took the old switches out, I saw that the three neutrals ...
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Can I obtain grounding from a different outlet?

I have a room with 2 ungrounded (2-prong) outlets and 1 switched grounded (3-prong) outlet. This has not been a serious inconvenience so far, as most of the equipment I wish to connect has ungrounded ...
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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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Is this switch properly grounded?

I replaced a standard single pole switch with an Intermatic ST01 timer switch, into a metal electrical box with three other switches. The switch I was replacing had no ground connection, but some of ...
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Is it OK to have ground wire connected to breaker box wall instead of neutral bus?

After having issues with lights flickering, I noticed the main 100A breaker was warm and arcing slightly. Instead of just replacing the breaker, I decided to call in a electrician to install a larger ...
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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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Can I ground my workbench using an unused outlet's neutral?

I haven't found any advice on my specific predicament, so I'll ask here. First, some background. I just moved into a house with old electrical wiring (read: ungrounded outlets). Unfortunately, the ...