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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Grounding for Outdoor Outlet

I have an outdoor outlet about 60' from my house. It is properly wired using an underground cable with ground. It is in a plastic box with plastic conduit protecting the stub-up. Recently a tree ...
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My outlets have ground wires twisted together and bonded to the metal box, but not the outlet. Is this ok?

In my home, I've been replacing the outlets. The old ones are so loose that things don't stay plugged in! While doing this, I noticed that the ground wire(s) in every outlet are twisted together and ...
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Grounding Requirements for same structure subpanel

I understand that unless a 250.32(B) (NEC 2014) applies, a separate ground wire should run from the main to a subpanel where the service is in a separate structure. Still confused however about NEC ...
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A shorted to ground compressor can't be a pre-existing condition can it?

Our home warranty company is trying to deny our a/c claim because the technician they sent said, our compressor was 'shorted to ground.' They say that this was a pre-existing condition and that ...
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Can you attach more than one wire in a given hole on a bus in an electrical panel?

Is it permissible to attach more than one neutral or ground wire to any terminal screw on the service panel bus? A home inspector says this is not allowed. THAT DOESN'T SEEM RIGHT, because all of ...
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Can I use the grounding rods of a main panel as the grounding rods for my sub panel

I ran 3 #6 B/R/W and 1 #8 Grn from my main panel through 1" sch 40 PVC to my garage and will be installing a 100A sub panel with separate ground and neutral blocks. I understand that since it is a ...
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Oven has 2-prong plug plus earth wire. Socket is modern 3-prong. How to connect?

My 110V toaster oven has a 2-prong cable. Also, the oven's chassis has a screw with a connected green/yellow earth wire, which I want to ground. My wall socket is a modern 3-prong with earth and all. ...
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Can I use the same junction box for two appliances?

Complete noob here. I'm finishing building my kitchen and the last part - the wiring of electrical oven and glass cooking plates, is presenting me with some challenges. I am located in Germany. ...
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Do lights in a circuit have to be grounded for the whole circuit to be grounded?

I have a circuit in my old house (built 1918), it’s gone through many remodels during its lifespan and multiple owners. This one circuit has no grounded outlets, so I had a look behind the outlet to ...
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Strange outlet behavior

I am going to be updating electrical outlets in my house, so today I checked them all with the 3 lamp tester. Only a few are properly grounded and others not. One outlet is showing strange behavior. ...
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Connect two grounding rods

I added an exterior TV antenna and a grounding rod next to it with a 6 gauge copper wire going to both the antenna mast and the ground on the coax coming from the antenna. It is about 15 feet from ...
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Can I connect the ground wire for my dryer to a different hole in the chassis?

I am installing a new GE electric dryer (model GTD42EASJ2WW) and attempting to connect the 4-wire cord. The last step is to connect the green ground wire with a supplied ground screw. The hole that ...
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Electric Shock in Walls and Electrical Equipment

I'm getting a shock when I touch walls, electrical equipment like a water cooler, fridge, etc in my home. I have followed this procedure as I only have a DMM with me. The readings I got after ...
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What should happen with plumbing ground connections when converting to Pex?

My house is being re-piped by replacing all of the copper with PEX starting at the water service entrance. I'm on a well which is 150' from the house and the service line is CPVC. Currently, there is ...
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Why don't I have ground wiring on any of my outlets?

My house in California was built in 1989 (I believe) And in the last 5 years I've replaced at least 20 outlets myself (successfully), and noticed there were never any ground wires to connect to the ...
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Grounded outlet with load for ungrounded outlet

Moved into a place, nearly every outlet is ungrounded with the exception of a couple GFCI in the kitchen and bath. Needed three prong for the fridge (and really didn't want the new appliance ...
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grounding wire extension

I have an above ground pool which was grounded for safety. I had to buy a new pump (motor) and unfortunately the ground wire was too short to reach the pump. I had to move the filter and pump to reach ...
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How can I test which mains wire belongs to neutral and which to ground?

I currently live in Spain, in an old building, where apparently electrical codes don't strictly apply... because not all outlets have ground or, indeed, not all connections are grounded. To make ...
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Can armored cable cross over a drain pipe?

My electrical system uses the armored cable sheathing as a ground path. I was placing some lines of AC in my walls, and I uncovered a drain pipe in the way. At first, I covered the AC with ...
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Can I ground a ceiling fan to another electrical ceiling box nearby?

I want to install a ceiling fan where a ceiling light currently exists in my garage. The box for the current light has only two wires coming in however: a black & a white (no ground - looks like ...
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Dimmer switch not connected to ground

I know just the basics of electricity and am trying to replace an older dimmer switch that broke with a new very similar switch. The old switch is not connected to ground. The new switch has the ...
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I have a ground rod but I have no grounds in the house

My panel is connected to the main water intake jumping the meter and I just installed an 8 foot copper ground rod. Even connecting a new breaker with only one outlet attached to it shows that I have ...
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60 amp sub panel, 100 ft away from main panel. Grounding rod or not?

Adding a 60amp sub panel (4breakers) on the 2nd floor for a dehumidification system and some misc. Running 100 feet of 6/3 wire. I am assuming that I can use the ground wire in the 6/3 from that ...
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Should I connect the ground wire to the panel when the conduit is grounded?

I ran 10/3 BX cable to my attached garage for an outlet. The BX has its own green wire for grounding, but since my home is grounded all through the conduit/outlet boxes and is bonded to the neutral in ...
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Is it legal to add a ground wire to a dryer circuit? [duplicate]

It would be much easier to put a ground in outside the dryer outlet than doing a homerun to the electrical panel assuming you pull both the existing wiring and the ground to the same surface mount 30A ...
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Electrical Bonding for an exterior building

I have to upgrade the service I have for an exterior building. The wiring follows the old code, and I'll need a permit to do it. So I am going to have to update the service and everything to the ...
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How to correctly ground long distance from main disconnect to first panel

I've got a property with an existing very sluggish electrical installation which consists of a service drop at property entrance, no main disconnect and a 130' underground run to the living space (...
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How do I connect the ground wires to the new light fixture?

Took out old fluorescent fixture and putting in new LED one. There are 2 switches for this fixture. Not sure what’s going on with the 3 ground wires. I’m not an electrician so dumb it down please.😊
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Bathtub pump motor - ineffective ground through water pipe?

I opened up the space underneath my bathtub for the first time in this house. The tub is a "spa" style and has a pump motor to circulate water through jets. (I'm in NY / USA). I noticed that the ...
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Grounding subpanel

I have a simple question, that I believe I already know the answer to, but just need confirmation before moving on. I had an electrician install a 100 amp subpanel installed on a newly built ...
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Grounding a subpanel using existing wiring

I had a 60 amp breaker that was connected to an oven in the kitchen. Since this is no longer needed, I'm trying to re-purpose this #6 wire to connect to a new Electric water heater I'm putting in the ...
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What type and gauge ground wire do I need when using 1/0 hot and neutral wires

I have a 260 ft run from my main 225A panel to a 100A subpanel in a steel shop out in my yard. I have a #4 bare copper wire grounded to the rebar in the foundation of the shop. Not knowing what I ...
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Can you run a ground wire from stove directly to ground pole in the ground [duplicate]

Directly to ground pole outside drove into ground
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Bridging Neutral and ground in a Light Switch

I changed my bathroom light switch for a Occupancy Sensor Switch but it would not turn off. Since the package said Ground Wire Required I figured it was a ground issue. The location has wiring from ...
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Would connecting an ungrounded cable to a new grounded cable in a box violate code?

A wire in my garage got damaged. Breaker is off now. The wire feeds the stove on the other side of a split level home. It is an old cloth covered wire, with no ground. Red, white, and black wires only....
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Grounding a switch that has no ground screw or wire

I have a timer switch (see photo 1) that has No Grounding Screw and ** No Grounding Wire** protruding from it. It is to be installed into a plastic gang box and replace a switch which is currently ...
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Adding Ground Wire to Existing NEMA 10-30 socket

I have a question about changing my 10-30 wall outlet to 14-30 for charging my EV. I thought it was a simple trip to Home Depot but it seems I may be not code compliant. I bought a Level 2, 20 amp ...
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Can I strip a neutral wire and use it to pigtail ground wires?

I need to ground outlets in my house and need to pigtail the ground wires. Just wondering if I can salvage the old neutral wires, strip them, and use them to pigtail to the outlet instead of cutting ...
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EMT Grounding requirements

I'am running 2" EMT from an outside enclosure through the exterior wall into a switch room that is being attached with beam clamps, The EMT is carrying a Fiber optic cable feed to the switch room that ...
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Why is the neutral tied to ground in my home's electrical panel? [duplicate]

What keeps the Electric from shorting to ground? On my electric panel the Neutral is tied to the ground. The ground is a bare copper wire run back to my water main. a. Electricity chooses the path ...
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Why won't my furnace complete the startup sequence when powered by a portable generator?

We recently had a power outage that lasted several days and the house was down to 41 degrees and expected power restore was several days in the future. I purchased a 3500 watt (5250 starting watts) ...
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Does a non grounded GFCI meet code?

Background So I live in Michigan (which of course affects code) and I have a bunch of two prong outlets in a house that I own. If I want to convert these to be 3 prong outlets is it still up to code ...
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Dangers of connecting Neutral to case of blower?

(Not an Electrician) I have a 220V air handler (not part of the HVAC system its for a homemade wind tunnel) that I need to get power to. There is an old dryer receptacle (10-30R) in the basement that ...
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Confusion while diagnosing an open ground

I have an outlet tester and it says the outlet in my bathroom has an open ground and I'm trying to see if I can fix this by replacing the receptacle or if the problem is elsewhere. With a voltage ...
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Ground rod driver for very large ground rods?

I have a large Jack/Demolition hammer I use this to pound very large ground rods/stakes into the soil. These rods are those over 1” in diameter. The largest rod driver I can find will fit 1” ...
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Does the UFER Ground require to be visible?

Is there something on the NEC code that states the UFER ground needs to be permanently visible? I had my rough in electrical inspection the other day. He stated that per NEC 250.64(E) (1), I have to ...
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Dryer connection changes from 10-3 with ground to 10-3 without ground

The previous homeowner did some electrical work to upgrade the dryer outlet to a 4-prong receptacle along with new 10-3 wiring. It was all brand new and looked copacetic. I'm thinking of moving the ...
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Grounding Wire to copper pipe for cable

I'm working on renovating my basement, but first am replacing all of my existing copper pipes with modern CPVC to eliminate the constant leak headache since we are on a well. Last night I found this ...
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What tests can I perform to figure out if a wire is my Grounding Electrode Conductor?

As part of some investigation into the systems of the house I live in, I was looking at the grounding and bonding wiring for the house, as most of it is accessible from the basement utility room. In ...
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How to add grounded junction boxes when installing recessed lighting?

I'm interested in adding recessed lighting in my basement where there are only two flush mount fluorescent fixtures, so I'd be adding 8 or 10 additional fixtures. My home has no dedicated ground wire, ...