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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Light sconces tripping circuit breaker

I recently installed two sconces in our kitchen to replace some old halogen lights with LED bulbs. The boxes had three (?!) White wires twisted together, two black wires twisted, and one red. I ...
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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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Stacked dryer washer grounding

I got a 10/3 wire for my Dryer/Washer stacked. There is a Ground attached to the Dryer/Washer. Can I attache the ground wire from my 10/3 directly to the ground on my Dryer/Washer?
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Suitability of flexible metallic conduit serving as ground

EDIT: The attached photo is the most easily accessible example of the conduit used in the entire house. This shows the conduit attached to the garbage disposal with the previously mentioned 3/4 set ...
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Can I connect the grounding conductor to the neutral when installing a remote for a ceiling fan in an ungrounded box?

I would like to install an in-wall remote control for a ceiling fan. The remote is wired up with two black wires (in and out) and a ground wire. It controls the fan's functions via wireless signal. ...
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Is ceiling fan missing grounding wire from the ceiling box, and is this safe?

I recently had a contractor/handyman install a Hunter ceiling fan for me. It worked great, but my wife came home and thought it was too big. I ordered a different Hunter fan, and figured I could ...
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surge protection — grounding in a slummy apartment without ground access

I live in an apartment, where NONE of the outlets are actually grounded although they're all 3 prong... my landlord is a slumlord, fundamentally. He has fixed absolutely nothing electrical (lighting ...
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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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How to track down a short circuit in attic with pressed metal ceiling?

When switching on a light the circuit breaker tripped. On the distribution board, I switched off the sub-circuit for the light. The rest of the house and the plugs in the room with the light still ...
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Grounding requirements for main panel and subpanel

I recently had my main service professionally upgraded to 200A and had a 60A subpanel installed in my master suite to support future additions. All work passed city inspection, for whatever that's ...
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Can having a bad grounding situation destroy a circuit breaker?

We moved into a home, built a while ago. there are wires hanging and covered in black tape on a chimney. I bought 2 sconces and put them in place. i did not hook up the ground wire on one of them, ...
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Where does the C wire connect in a dual transformer system?

When wiring a common ground (C wire) for a dual transformer system, does it matter which transformer you connect the ground too? I'd assume that the ground on either transformer would serve as a ...
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How do I make ground connections at my receptacle boxes?

I searched for my question but could not find the answers. I had the inspector out for my rough in on electrical inspection. He said I did a very nice job but I need to make all my grounds at all my ...
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Replacing receptacle, ground and neutral are connected

My house was built in 1974. I have doubts the wiring has changed since then (aluminum everywhere) and have already noticed some bad things (downstairs potlights on same breaker as upstairs living ...
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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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Is it dangerous if the ground pin of a 3 prong plug breaks off in the outlet?

The grounding prong of a 3 prong plug broke off in an outlet. Could this be an electrical hazard should a child touch it?
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How should I connect the ground wire for my light fixture?

I am replacing a light fixture in my bathroom and have the following setup: The electrical box is plastic The wire coming from supply has black (hot), white (neutral) and copper (ground). The light ...
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Is it okay to connect 2 ground wires to a single ground screw?

I have 2 ground wires that I can get around the ground screw on an outlet. Is it okay to do this or do I need to use a pigtail to join the wires and have only one wire attach to the ground screw?
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How to prove there is presence of electricity leakage?

Recently just moved to a new place that is above higher ground. I found that my joint crack more often and tingling feeling like there is energy running all over my body. It feels like there are ...
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Can a grounding rod be connected to service neutral only?

My grounding rod is connected to the service neutral at the weatherhead where it enters the house. Should it not be connected to the ground bar in the 200A breaker panel?
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Is it legal to wire a bath fan using load from top of GFI outlet?

Purchased a place and we are re-wiring the bathroom and putting in a standing shower. The bathroom is quite small so there is just enough room for this. There is a dedicated circuit, a round box above ...
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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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Will I get electrocuted if I contact a live wire on an earthed appliance?

I have an appliance that has the wires connected well and it has been grounded (earthed). If I accidentally get into contact with a live wire will I get electrocuted considering it has already been ...
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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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Must I ground my dishwasher to a metal plate?

I bought a Bosch 800 Series Dishwasher Model SHP68T55UC to install into my year 2000 house. Whenever I read tutorials online for installing dishwashers, I see that the ground wire goes to a metal ...
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Is it safe to ground/earth an extension cord with the radiator?

I just moved into a dutch student house without any grounded plugs which is quite usual around here. I get the 'Macbook Tingle' after some time, which solved by nudging the Macbook to the Radiator. ...
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How to fix an “open ground” on a receptacle that seems grounded?

In the master bedroom on one wall there are two receptacle that when tested shows “open ground”, I have replaced the receptacle on both (with new tamperproof receptacles) and while doing that checked ...
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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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Grounding subpanel to box - 'tap threads'

I've installed a subpanel and need to ground the grounding bar to the actual panel box. I was instructed to run a #6 jumper to a hole on the box, attach with a screw, making sure to 'tap threads'. ...
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Can I use conduit to ground an antenna?

I have an HD antenna mounted to a storage shed, not even as high as the house roof. It's close to where the electrical service enters the house. There's no ground rod in sight. (House built in 1971.) ...
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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 two ground rods be bonded via a PVC conduit above ground?

According to my understanding, if a supplementary ground rod is installed, it must be bonded to the existing rod via a buried 6 AWG cable (NFPA 70). However, because virtually every side of my house ...
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What options are there to achieve both grounding/ground-fault and arc-fault protection on old 2-wire circuits?

The three receptacle circuits in my house are 2-wire NM, but have 3-prong receptacles. My electrician recommended and installed GFCI breakers to provide "grounding" to these circuits. I now realize ...
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Outlets not grounded? Remedy?

For some months, I'm renting an apartment in the Canary Islands. It looks like the plugs are not grounded. For example, when I connect my laptop, a ThinkPad T420si, then I feel an unpleasant sensation ...
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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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Adding electrical service to detached garage

Please let me know if this sounds correct- Sub panel fed from 80amp breaker in main building 200amp load center. Roughly 75' of 1" PVC conduit from existing load panel, under existing timber deck, ...
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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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Cloth-covered NM questions

My 50s era ranch home is wired using cloth-covered NM, as you can see in these photos (taken in a basement closet located under the stairwell where the NM is run exposed): Should I be suspicious ...
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Grounding a receptacle when there is no ground wire?

I am replacing old receptacles with new tamper-proof ones. I opened one in my basement and realized it wasn't currently grounded, the electrical housing is a real mess and has a copper "ground" wire ...
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Where is the ground wire on this light fixture controlled by a motion detector?

I bought a Utilitech motion-activated floodlight 0072837. The installation instructions tell me to match up the white, black, and green (ground) wires to the house. I don't see any ground wire coming ...
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subpanel ground requirement - attached vs unattached structure - what difference does it make?

Subpanel in the garage is currently fed by 10-2 w/ground romex and is grounded both at the main panel via the ground wire and to the plumbing next to the subpanel (underground iron pipe). I want to ...
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Has this light earthed itself?

After accidentally earthing the live wire going to the outside light whilst putting a faceplate back on (patched up now), the light has stopped working. I've just been out with a multimeter to see if ...
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Can I splice grounding wires together to reach an old outlet that needs a ground?

I have a two prong outlet in my house and there is a ground wire behind it, not connected. The ground wire ends in a junction box halfway to the breaker box. Only the neutral and hot wire continue ...
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Dishwasher: Can my ground wire be exposed?

I just replaced my dishwasher, and noticed that the old unit had two wire connections: black-to-black wire and white-to-white wire. The ground wire from the home was exposed and wrapped around a ...
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have power at outlets and lights, with only hot connected from panel..,, whats going on?

I was replacing only the supply wiring running from Electrical box to a existing circuit in my kitchen, which starts at an wall outlet and branches to lights and other outlets. I first connected the ...
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How should I connect a grounding wire from a device to this box?

I'm replacing this simple 2-connector light switch with a 4-wire dimmer. The 2 new wires present on the dimmer are neutral and ground, and only neutral has an obvious home. The box has no visible ...
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Is there a reason not to connect the ground wire to a chandelier?

So, I am replacing the insides of a chandelier, but now I dont understand why the person who installed it would leave the ground wire hanging without being connected. I can see a ground wire taped ...
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How should I ground a GFCI to a metal box?

I've replaced some old GFCI receptacles in my kitchen, which live in metal electrical boxes. The old GFCIs did not have grounding conductors attached, but it seems that the boxes themselves are ...
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How can I connect the wire that goes to the grounding rod to the grounding electrode system? [duplicate]

I'm trying to install an outdoor antenna at my parent's house and was wondering how to connect the wire that goes to the grounding rod to the grounding electrode system through the service panel when ...
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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 ...