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Questions tagged [grounding]

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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Not properly grounded/earthed

I know next to nothing about electricity and wanted to ask for some advice. Apologies for any cross-posting. I moved into a rented house in Spain a few months ago. Turned out it wasn't grounded. ...
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Trying to install Kasa smart switch but having trouble with ground wire

I started to install my KASA smart switch but when I opened the unit I wasn't able to find a ground wire. I currently have two black wires (one stabbed into the switch and the other is wrapped around ...
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help me interpret the results of an outlet tester on some GFCI receptacles

I'm trying to figure out what might be wrong with some exterior GFCI receptacles that I have. The problem is that this is an old house, and I'm not really sure what is happening between the ...
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Are speaker wire output negative posts on receiver common-grounded? [closed]

I am buying a subwoofer (powered Sunfire HRS 12) that has high level inputs (bare speaker wire) and it says that it has it's negative posts joined (common-grounded) and that my receiver or amp also ...
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Do I need to install a local ground point for a secondary consumer unit in my shed?

I've just installed outdoor sockets on the side of my brick shed, where previously we just had a double socket inside the shed itself. The original socket in the shed is on a spur from the ring main ...
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What is the difference between a coaxial grounding block, an antenna discharge unit, and lightning arrestor

I've been reading about grounding outdoor TV antennas but these terms seem to be used interchangeably by various articles on the internet. For example, this article seems to make a distinction ...
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Grounding Rod for Residential application

I currently live in Florida, where the soil is basically sand and clay. My question is: how should my grounding rod for my house be installed? I've managed to dig up the grounding rod that was ...
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Grounding to the box and 3 Prong Receptacles

Recently bought a flip house. The flippers replaced every two prong receptacle with a three prong and a bootleg ground. In the process of undoing that unsafe practice, I've discovered that almost all ...
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How to mark an outlet as ungrounded

I'll be replacing my ungrounded three-prong outlets with tamper-proof GFCI outlets in my home in the USA. Maybe I'm overthinking this, but is there a way to 'universally' mark the outlets as ...
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Adding a ground wire to old 2 wire wiring before extending to grounded wiring.

I am remodeling a house and the partially unfinished attic has old ungrounded, 2 wire wiring. There are 2 circuits. There is a finished bedroom with one circuit on 3 walls, and a second on the 4th ...
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200amps service - ground rods instead of pipe connection

I upgraded my main circuit breaker today from 150amps to 200amps. See my previous posts here on the same project: Is RC2040M150CH MSP upgradable to 200amps main circuit breaker Neutral on main ...
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How can I connect a new ground rod?

Illinois house, built 1963. Not sure if there is a ground rod or just the water pipes used for ground. Want to put in another/first rod. Can I connect it to the clamp on the electrical meter housing ...
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Why are ground wires required to be so large if a short results in an immediate breaker trip?

The purpose of ground wire is just to carry current in milliseconds enough to trip the circuit breaker, it won't even get hot. So what is wrong with using very small ground wire? For example. You are ...
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Would my grounding conductor be “choked” out by metallic conduit?

I’m in Hawaii. The G.C./engineers have told previous electricians that they want the bare ground coming up through slabs to building steel to be in a short piece of rigid conduit for protection of the ...
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In 2/3/4 gang box, should you combine all grounds using crimp connectors?

When I have multiple lines going in/out of a 1 gang box (with an outlet/recepticle or switch), I typically combine all the grounds into a single wire using crimp connectors: However, when working ...
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What is an open ground and why would the neutral wire measure 50v?

What is an open ground? Also, why would there be 50 V in the neutral and ground wires? I have replaced all outlets and switches and still I have no light.
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GFCI Grounding Issue

I'm trying to replace a two prong outlet in my garage with a GFCI. The receptacle line is fed from a light switch on the wall, and the load runs to an outdoor(one bulb) lamp post. The general ...
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Main Panel with separated neutral and ground

A customer of mine had a friend wire his basement. He did a neat job, but when I opened up the mailnpanel to add a circuit, I noticed he had installed ground bars and separated them from the neutral ...
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Off Grid PV System Grounding Question

Hi I am installing an off grid solar system form my orchard and shed. Basically there are some pumps, lightning and some household appliances like refrigerator etc. I have read many articles about ...
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how to replace surface conduit for a two-wire lighting circuit?

I have an old house with unswitched knob-and-tube running to a ceiling fixture. Previous owners ran surface conduit to a wall switch and to a second light fixture over the sink; none of this was ...
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Neutral wire is tied to my electric metal box, why is it so?

I have this old Depard switch box in my patio. Originally, I wanted to 'add' a receptacle in my old Despard switch 'array' stack. Now I am puzzled and afraid of doing that because I found out that ...
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What to do with dimmer ground wire?

I am replacing an old dimmer switch with no ground wire with a dimmer switch that has a ground wire. The metal box in my wall is grounded, but there is no ground screw or anywhere else to attach the ...
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Is this ground attached to the wrong water pipe? [duplicate]

I recently noticed that I have ground wires attached to metal water pipes in my home, as shown in the following image. The area marked A is where the water service enters the home with that blue ...
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Can I run a new ground wire from junction box in attic down the wall to replace 2 prong outlet

I have an older home where some of the house has updated electrical and some doesn't. In a few rooms I still have several of the 2 prong outlets with no ground wire in the box and I want to replace ...
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Is it OK to have a redundant path to earth?

I have a home with separate flat on the grounds. Our system, in South Africa, has 230V live and neutral, supplied by the national grid operator through a distribution board, via isolator. It then ...
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No ground wire, no box (old or new) trying to install light fixture

I just removed an INCREDIBLY old and ugly Hollywood light fixture from my bathroom. The wall now looks like the picture below. I bought a box and a Snap Tite connector. I even got a hold of some ...
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Can you run earth ground thru conduit into home?

I have a detached garage that I am running coax and cat6 to. Running pvc conduit underground from house to garage. My question is when the conduit comes up out of the ground and into a 1 gang pvc box ...
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Is a Redundant Ground at Sub-Panel Permitted? Useful?

I've searched the forum and haven't found an answer for this exact situation. Here's the configuration: Main 200A service panel at one end of house (exterior), and 100A sub panel at opposite end of ...
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New Circuit Faceless AFCI tripping with no load

Most AFCI questions here revolve around existing circuits, and AFCI Circuit breakers, but my situation is a little different. Here's the details: Renovation to add a half bath and laundry room in ...
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Outlet tester results for open ground on mixed circuit

I have a US house built in 1958 that has been remodeled in many stages over the years. I recently tested a circuit that included ungrounded outlets in the old part of the house. A number of years ago, ...
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Can plug an air-conditioner into a outlet with an adapter

So I'm getting a window unit and I've read online that you should never plug an AC into a power strip or even use an extension cord. My room has no three prong(grounded) outlets, can I plug the AC ...
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Electrical outlet installed by previous owner had Black and Green wires wired together

I've replaced dozens of outlets in my life without incident. This time, when I pulled the outlet away from the box, I found something odd. The white (neutral) wire was as it should be. But, you know ...
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Grounding sheds and garages

I have a detached garage whose wiring is fed by just two conductors running back to the main panel. There's no ground wire in the feeder and no separate ground rod at the garage. The feeder has only ...
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What is the purpose of this grounding screw in a plastic electrical box?

Upon inspecting my light bulb socket in the garage of my new construction home (2018), I found a random grounding screw which wasn't wired to anything but attached to some bar. Does anyone know what ...
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Grounding chandelier in old pan junction box

I recently removed a crossbar from one of my ceiling pan junction boxes and replaced it with a hickey. As I understand it, having the crossbar was a bit odd since a mounting stud was already available....
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Where should shielded data cables be grounded?

In the comments on this question (Using PEX as wire conduit), the issue of grounding shielded data cables on one end vs both ends came up. For any arrangement of cables (ex. single cable, multiple ...
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Grounding rods and testing

I'm looking to install a couple of vertical grounding rods for a friend's property in the middle of nowhere (very country - The earth is mostly clay, rocks and sandstone) From the limited research I'...
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Plugging compressor into 240v dryer plug (NEMA 10-30R)

I've recently received a compressor that has a NEMA 6-50P plug on it. I would like to plug it into my current dryer receptacle which is a NEMA 10-30R. Voltage and amperage-wise, I think everything ...
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Distance between grounding rods

Here in Hampshire County, WV we are required to have 2 grounding rods. Question #1 How deep do they need to be? #2 This mountain was formed by a rock glacier before I was born. I can drill down 18",...
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Installing New panel

I am installing a new service in an outbuilding, It is not at my residence so I can't test it readily. On the neutral/grounding bars in the panel, it appears as if the neutral and ground are all ...
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water heater circuit requires a ground connection

Purchased a British Standard water heater with 3 supply connections -live, neutral and earth. The circuit design requires a ground. Tried to fix the water heater in Philippines which only has 2 pin ...
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How to check grounding connection

Background: in my neighborhood the water company is renewing the pipe line, taking away the old metal pipes and replacing them with plastic pipes. The electrical network company has thus sent a letter ...
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Can I use a bonding terminal on ground wire between ufer rod and panel

Long story short, I need to replace an electrical panel. In my the new panel the grounding bar is in a different location than the current panel. The ground wire from the Ufer rod will not reach to ...
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Move grounds to subpanel when I moved 8 single pole breakers to same subpanel?

When I move 8 breakers from main panel to a subpanel (a few feet away) can I simply move the hot and neutral only to subpanel? The 8 breakers are grounded in the main panel already. A 100 amp breaker ...
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Grounding requirement for 24vdc off grid lighting system [closed]

We are a sign company and our client wants his new illuminated (LED) ground sign to be powered by solar with battery storage. We have it all spec'd out but I want to make sure I'm following code but ...
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How do I ground a new outlet that only has the black/white wires?

I am adding a new outlet but want to make sure it is correctly grounded. I have outlet A that I am going to be creating a new outlet B. I tested A and it says it is grounded and want to ground ...
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What's the purpose of a wire from stud to outside?

On a couple of my studs there is a small gauge wire that seems to go through the outside wall to the outdoors (into the flue cavity) as shown in the picture. What is its purpose? This is on the wall ...
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What's going on with the electrical wiring (or devices) in this room?

I was soldering components onto a circuit board that was placed on a rubber-like soldering mat on a table. Simultaneously, I was listening to audio from my desktop computer, using wired headphones. ...
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How can I ground an appliance with a CEE 7/7 plug plugged into a step-up transformer with a “universal” female outlet?

I'd like to use a European appliance (5A 208-240V 50/60Hz 900W) with a step-up transformer such as this one. The appliance has a CEE 7/7 Schuko-French hybrid plug. The transformer has a female ...
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Wanting to make existing 2-wire 220V outlet a 4-wire one

(Located in the USA) I've inherited a 220V (or 240V?) circuit which is just capped off inside a junction box. It's hooked up to a 30A breaker, and seems fine, except that it's only a 3-wire run--no ...