I have a stove I am replacing that was direct wired. When I went to put an outlet in, I found out it only has 3 wires, Black, Red, and White and no ground. I have a hood right above it that is grounded.

Can I run the ground wire from the hood to the metal stove outlet box, bond it to the box with a screw in the back, and then to the ground terminal of the outlet for my stove?

I am a layman, so please keep it simple. Thank you in advance for any help.

  • Can you post a photo of the inside of the outlet boxes for both the stove and the range hood? – ThreePhaseEel Dec 22 '18 at 20:11
  • The hood doesn't have a "box" per se, it simply has wires going into the hood that hook up to the wires inside the hood. I have it out anyway, so not much to see there except wires hanging out of the wall. – d todd Dec 23 '18 at 12:26
  • The stove has a 4 x 4" metal box that has just 3 wires coming into it, Black, Red, and White. Sorry I had to hook it all back up so my wife could use the stove or I could have gotten a picture. It is all covered up now.. – d todd Dec 23 '18 at 12:28
  • All the other outlets in our home are grounded, except for maybe the dryer (maybe my next task). I checked the hood black wire and indeed it was grounded. Not sure why they didn't do the stove. Any ideas? – d todd Dec 23 '18 at 12:32
  • Can you take the box for the stove back apart again and get us that photo? – ThreePhaseEel Dec 23 '18 at 15:10

The range is going to need a #10 copper wire back to the panel, if your outlets are wired with #10 or something is going back to the same panel you can run a #10 to that location and it would be legal. If no #10 you need to go back to the service panel or your main grounding electrode within 5' of where it enters the home. The ground wire can take a different route than the power cable so that makes it a bit easier.


This is a question that has been asked many times. NEC Article 250.140 covers it which I have posted before. for your benefit I will post it again since it pretty much is the definitive answer to this problem. enter image description here

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Note the exception and the explanation and remember that it has to meet all the exception requirements before you are allowed to use it.

Good luck and Happy Holidays.

  • Thank you for all the information, but technical jargon is not my strong suit. I guess from what I am reading I can share the ground, is that right? – d todd Dec 23 '18 at 13:53
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    Would you be so kind as to give me a breakdown of the technical information? What do the exceptions mean practically? I am not an electrician, just trying to ground one outlet with the ground from another. From the other answers I read, this is alright, but they too get off in to technical land and not really sure what they are talking about. – d todd Dec 23 '18 at 16:45
  • The answer may be definitive, but it's not accessible to a layman. Further discussion and explanation should be added. – CoAstroGeek Feb 4 '19 at 23:02

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