I went to replace two kitchen dimmer switches with new toggle dimmers (the old dimmers work, this is only cosmetic). When I removed the face plate, I found the existing switches did not have a ground wire attached.

There does appear to be ground wires twisted together in the back of the box (see attached photo).

The previous owner remodeled the kitchen ~15 years ago, so I'm not sure if this install was just a quick carry over / install from the original switch install from the early 1980s.

Any info would be appreciated!

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    Yep. The existing dimmers should have had ground connected. Commented Dec 3, 2017 at 17:00
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    This is just an information dump. You don't actually ask a question. What is it you want to know?
    – Makyen
    Commented Dec 3, 2017 at 19:04

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Add some ground pigtails

Take the existing bundle of bare (ground) wires, and add a couple pigtails of bare or green wire to the bundle, making sure the bundle is joined properly using a wirenut or push-in connector instead of just being twisted together. The other ends of the pigtails simply land on the green ground screws of the new dimmers.

  • Simple enough! Thank you for the information. Commented Dec 3, 2017 at 17:00

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