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Direct Burial Wire for 200 Amp Sub Panel from 200 Amp Main

I'm trying to get the right info to price out my project. I plan to install a 200 amp sub-panel in a shed with a 125 to 150 amp feeder breaker. The shed is about 180 feet away from the main panel. The ...
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Neutral-Ground bonding with generator (no utility power)

I've been doing plenty of searching around the internet, but cannot find anything for my specific scenario. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated. I would like to install a breaker panel at ...
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Is my main panel improperly bonded?

My house was built in 1975 and I pretty obviously have a "Rule of 6" GE main panel (the meter is above this) My father-in-law (who has taught me a great many DIY things) swears that the ...
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What is the correct safe way to wire ground in a domestic 110/220 step transformer?

I am not an electrical engineer and do not have a deep understanding of all the different factors in transformer design. My question is about a plug-in 2:1 step up/down transformer used for 120/240 ...
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Are generator “bonding plugs” safe and legal?

I've been researching portable generators, and I have learned that models with a floating neutral need to be grounded. Some people say you can bypass this requirement by plugging a "bonding plug&...
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Unused red for ground in existing armored cable?

My house has a lot of older armored cable using the armor for ground. If I'm working in a box and find a three-conductor wire with only black/white in use, and I know where the other end is, should I ...
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Is this grounding configuration correct?

While doing work in my breaker panels I noticed the following: 300A service enters into a large box on the right where it is split to a 200A and a 100A panel. Neutral and ground are bonded in the ...
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Can I bond my ground to my gas pipes?

Do I have to install the grounding electrode all the way to the service section, or can I bond the gas pipe to building steel which is continuous through out bldg and then bond the steel to the ...
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Sub panel install issue

I had a sub panel installed recently. The plan was that i will be installing my own breakers. The sub is running off of the main about 25 feet away in my garage. I understand that the ground and ...
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Bonding new communications system to home grounding system

This will be handled by an electrician, but I wanted to get info on what's permissible as my first stab at talking to an electrician led to a conclusion that seems disallowed and unsafe (entirely ...
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Wires from meter to disconnect to junction to home [duplicate]

Maybe I am not explaining what I have here There are 3/4 AWG WIRES leaving the meter and Running to a 100A disconnect with a neutral bar no grounding wires in the box just 2 hot and 1 for the neutral ...
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Grounded Neutral Voltage Fluctuatons

BACKGROUND: Hi this is in Chicago so we use EMT Conduit as our grounding system and only use an EGC for stoves/dryers/sump pump/ etc... so I was working with my cousin to demo stuff in a basement in a ...
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Sharing a Ground Conductor Between Multiple Circuits

I'm thinking about running circuits for lights and an infrared heater to a patio. The heater is a 6000 W unit with two individually controlled tubes – I'm thinking this will start off in 12/2/2 NM-B ...
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Subpanel breaker sizing in detached shed with electrical feed from breaker in main house panel

I want to feed 240V 30A from a new 30A breaker in my home main electric panel to a new subpanel in a adetached shed. The electric feed I want to use for the new subpanel is (4) 10awg THWN wires (R/B/...
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How to ground solar transfer switch

I am installing an off-grid solar system to power some external buildings, but I want an automatic transfer switch so that outlets will be grid powered when the solar batteries are low. Can I run a ...
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Can I use an existing Ground Rod for Sub-Panel in Detached Garage (Meter box is using the rod currently)

Two buildings: Home and Detached Garage (circa '04 US). Service comes in through a Meter on the Garage to a PVC conduit into the Main box in the home (Single phase 240V with Neutral). In the main box ...
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How should I handle grounding & neutral bonding when replacing my sub-panel?

Current subpanel was installed in the early 70s. We think we need to replace it as lights are not working (very dim, flickering/fading in/out) - we suspect an open neutral. How do we wire in a new ...
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How to compliantly bond galvanized water pipes if the water heater isn't an option

In a previous electrical inspection, I was told to add a 4 AWG CU bonding wire from the main panel to the hot and cold pipes on my water heater. I'm in the process of replacing my water heater with a ...
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Why would I have i lost one leg on 240 after maintenance guy changed 100 amp disconnect at the meter

I was having trouble with my lights flickering, then the power went out totally. I checked the main breaker inside, and it was not tripped so I went out to the disconnect at the meter and found that ...
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How to find a neutral to ground short on my main panel

I've just installed a subpanel in my attached garage. The rough in has passed inspection, however my main panel has standard breakers and has never had fault finding interrupter breakers in it, and ...
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Bare neutral to subpanel in detached garage

I have an old house with a detached garage. There is power to the detached garage through a 3-conductor cable that is routed above ground. Power from my house comes from the power pole, to my house. ...
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Momentary 'brown-out' when a motor kicks on

As a home owner, I have an ongoing issue which is that everytime any motor kicks on (refrigerator, AC condenser, sabre saw, etc.) the lights dim for a second or two. The main service is at the ...
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Can I bond gas plumbing via gas water heater's electrical connection ground?

Locale: WA State, U.S. Inspector approved gas plumbing and followed up later, saying: "Please note that we will be verifying the bonding of the new gas piping at the next inspection, please ...
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Grounding tv antenna in attic?

I know this question has been raised all over the internet, with a variety of responses, but here is my specific situation: I purchased this antenna and plan to mount it in my attic. I have an indoor ...
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Can I run a new circuit in the same conduit as ground cable?

I had a 100 A sub-panel installed in my garage. The electrician used an LB and conduit stub to bring the ground cable outside into the ground -- the cable is 4 AWG, stranded, in 1/2" schedule 80 ...
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Replacing subpanel that was fed with 3 wires

A contractor replaced my subpanel with a new one, and will come back for other work and inspection. (Old subpanel is Federal Pacific.) My home is in California, built in early 1980s. The subpanel is ...
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Mixed conduit grounding code

I'm running a few outlets to my basement from the main panel on the first floor. Since it is a garage, sealed 3/4" pvc conduit runs through the concrete into the basement. This connects to a ...
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Can multiple grounding electrode conductors be placed on the same ground lug?

Couldn't find anything in the NEC 2017 that forbids it, but wanted to double check: Can multiple grounding electrode conductors (thick multi strand is the outside-ground-rod wire, thin single 6GA is ...
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QO Main Service Panel - Ground lug question - CT resident

I have a fairly new QO main svc panel (QO142M200PCAFVP) which is being used as a service panel (bonded, not a sub-panel). The green screw (top right) bonds the panel appropriately. The main 3 ...
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Voltage between breaker box and earth

I recently bought an older (1920) house. The wiring was upgraded ~20 years ago. The breaker box is on the back porch. Circuits run though conduit to the floor of the porch, however the conduit ...
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Ground neutral bond screw on a PON main panel

I'm installing a Plug-On-Neutral (PON) main panel. There is a screw with a label indicating that if I need to bond the ground to neutral, tighten to 40lbs. Now I know main panels generally have the ...
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How do you accomplish equipotential bonding for an above ground polyester/PVC pool if the filter pump provided is not compatible?

I recently bought a Bestway 15' x 48" above ground "flexible assembly" pool with polyester-type material and PVC-type vertical frame. In Florida,a permit is required for all pools with ...
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Can I reuse the aluminum feeder wire when I replace a sub-panel?

I'm rewiring my 1957 house because there was no ground. I have a main panel and a subpanel in the crawlspace that currently only give power to the gas furnace. I want to add the air conditioner on the ...
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Sub Panel Grounding method

I encountered a condition where a sub panel' s Neutral wirings are on both Neutral bar and Grounding bar, at a 1960' s home, with wirings are Romex and flex conduits. Subject sub panel served as the ...
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Grounding for sub panel breaker

We have an old cabin with 4 fuses in the main 60 amp panel, and a sub panel with a handful of breakers. The sub panel is fed by 3 wires instead of the modern 4. The 4 fuses are all wired with 2 wire ...
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Grounding 3 wires to electrical box with 2 ground screws

I've installed a metal electrical box. There are 3 cables coming into the box. The standard box only has 2 ground screws. My inspector said I am supposed to have 1 single ground per screw... So, how ...
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Is it safe to split a NEMA 10-50 receptacle?

Is it safe to split a NEMA 10-50 receptacle to a range to add a pair of 5-15 GFCI receptacles? Unfortunately, I am currently renting, and the homeowner refuses to allow any work to be done. I have ...
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Repair for water damage from shower tile in plaster wall

This is my first post and first DIY Repair project. This shower is about 12 years old. At first I noticed a column of increasingly bulging 4-5 tiles near the door of my shower. The other side of the ...
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Electrical Bonding of Service Panel After PEX Replacement of Galvanized Pipes

My house was built in 1929 and has gone through many rounds of plumbing/electrical upgrades over the years. I am replacing the galvanized pipes with PEX and I'm confident that I have planned ...
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Is the ground resistance meter indispensable when grounding your home?

I'm Brazilian and I need to ground my house, especially because of some expensive equipment I don't want to use without proper protection. By "grounding my house" I mean: provide an alternative path ...
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Are the grounds and neutrals in this electrical subpanel reversed?

I would appreciate your feed back to help me understand the logic behind Bonding the Neutral and Isolating Ground as shown in the attached pics. Subject sub panel is dedicated to one of four ...
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Have four-conductor feed at detached garage subpanel, how to verify the ground?

I'm currently rewiring my new-to-me detached garage. Garage is from the 70's but has a newer Siemens panel (previous owners added a hot tub). The feed from my service panel is a sheathed 4 conductor ...
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Setting up transformer for 240 down to 120

I'm using 240 for voltage drop. The load is a receptacle fed from a subpanel. I know the size of the transformer,the fusing I want to use but, need help figuring out how to ground the system. In ...
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Intersystem bonding terminal - how direct?

Back before I knew what an intersystem bonding terminal (IBT) was properly called, I had my service entrance put in by an electrician, licensed in 3 states, who never-the-less pulled things I now know ...
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Ecuador grounding an ungrounded house

Hi so I’m an electrical engineer visiting some family in Ecuador and after some wiring has stopped working In the kitchen I have decided to rip out the 40 plus year old installation and reinstall. ...
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How should a sub panel be grounded if next to the main breaker?

How should a sub-panel be grounded if next to the main breaker? Do the ground and neutral need to be isolated (separated) from each other in the sub? Sub-panel will be about 6 - 8 feet away from the ...
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Understanding ground to earth and neutral, trying to make my home safe

I've been reading for hours and still confused in regards to my situation. I'm trying to improve electrical safety in my house, especially with a growing family. Any help would be great. I'm in ...
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Grounding TV Antenna and Metal Porch, And Resolving Ground Rod Issues

I'm mounting a light-weight metal TV antenna to a metal mast attached to old-school metal roof columns (with the curly-cues) on a small second floor porch which has a metal porch roof, and metal floor ...
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Is this box bonded properly to the ground?

The receptacle is from the mid-1950's and my multimeter shows that it is grounded. There are a solid 120 volts when testing between live and ground. I noticed a bare copper wire coming from the cloth ...
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Can you have neutrals on ground bar only bonded through main panel body

I have just added a circuit to my main panel and saw something I wanted clarification on. For reference, my main panel is a Homeline 30 space panel with 2 extra grounding bars on the sides. Picture ...