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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What can I do about a severed grounding wire?

After doing some yard cleanup, I realized that my panel ground wire was severed. I went to Home Depot and was told that they only carried a temporary solution (see attached photo) and that I should ...
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Ungrounded outlets, what are my options?

I'm currently in a lease on an apartment as a tenant. I've done quite a lot of small-time electrical work on places I've lived in the past: changing out outlets, switches, two-way switches, etc. I'm ...
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How should I connect to a short ground wire in a metal box?

I live in a 50's era house that has breakers and a ground wire in every metal box of the house. The problem is they only used 2 prong outlets. They cut the ground wire short and wrapped it around the ...
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Can I terminate a ground wire to the neutral bus if the ground bus is full?

I have a Crouse-Hinds main load center. The ground bus is at the top left of panel and the neutral bus is at the bottom right of the panel. I want to add a 15 amp circuit for two outlets in my ...
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How do I handle ground wires in 2-gang box with circuits coming from separate breaker boxes

In my house, I have 2 breaker boxes. In the basement there is a 200-amp main box, with the ground and neutral bars bonded. Feeding the main floor, there is a 100-amp sub-panel (branched off the main ...
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Potential Home Grounding Issue - Illinois

I recently bought a new manufactured home. There are instances where people have touched the front door and received an electric shock. Using a non-contact voltage detector, I confirmed that there ...
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Do I need to ground black gas pipe?

The backstory: My HVAC friend, my dad and myself installed new gas pipes in my house after the 40 y/o pipe started leaking. Suffice to say, the old pipe was beyond repair, every retightening of the ...
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Can a single metal electrical box use two ground clips?

Inside a metal electrical box, can I use multiple ground clips (one for each conductor), or is it required that all ground conductors be twisted together and pigtailed into the same clip?
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What reasons are there to rewire an ungrounded circuit instead of adding GFCI protection?

The NEC allows replacing non-grounding-type (2-prong) receptacles with grounding-type (3-prong) receptacles by adding GFCI protection at the breaker or first outlet. What reasons might there be for ...
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Can two ground rods be bonded via a PVC conduit above ground?

According to my understanding, if a supplementary ground rod is installed, it must be bonded to the existing rod via a buried 6 AWG cable (NFPA 70). However, because virtually every side of my house ...
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Voltage increase when connecting a large load to household circuit

So in the place I'm currently staying, they use an inline hot water heater1. This is a ~5500W, 50A beast2 that replaces the shower head and heats up the water as it comes out. Notably, even 5500W isn'...
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How would I ground an internal ethernet surge protector?

I have a Cat-6 cable running to an external PoE security camera that I'd like to have surge protected, but I'm unsure how to ground the protector. It has a prong coming off that I assume is the ground ...
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No Ground Wires - Can I connect a wire to the metal box for ground?

I want to install new z-wave light switches that require a ground, but it appears that none of the electrical boxes in my house have ground wires and the previous light switches didn't use a ground. ...
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Is it possible to self install a grounding rod?

This has been a baffling question as I notice electrician charge an arm and a leg to upgrade electrical systems in a home. My home was built in the 1930s and it’s not grounded. I was wondering if a ...
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Dangers of connecting ground to neutral?

In my living situation, there is no ground wire at the building. There is a ground AND neutral bus in the breaker box, but it doesn't extend to this separate building, which I'm living in. I've got ...
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How do I know what size grounding conductor is required?

Is there an international standard that specifies the size of the grounding conductor to bond a metallic part of the installation to a grounding bar?. And to connect the grounding bar to the ...
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Can armored bx cable come into contact with other metal objects?

I am running armored 12/2 bx to wire 4 high hats, the armored cable is grounded. There is a heating duct which I must go over, but the AC will come in contact with it... Is this ok or do I need to ...
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2 prong to 3 prong outlet help

I don't know too much about replacing outlets, only what I've read online or through YouTube videos. The house was built in the early 50s. Some outlets have been replaced (brand new kitchen) but some ...
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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 are ungrounded GFCIs required to be labeled?

I discovered in my new house that someone had incorrectly connected grounded outlets (without any ground connected) to the knob and tube wiring. I have read that the outlets can be made safe by ...
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Are directTV dishes energized in some way?

Are directTV dishes usually energized in some way? I was recently at my grandmothers house installing an over the air digital tv antenna. I decided to use the same coax cable that originally ran to ...
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Is this switch properly grounded?

I replaced a standard single pole switch with an Intermatic ST01 timer switch, into a metal electrical box with three other switches. The switch I was replacing had no ground connection, but some of ...
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Replace light switch with no ground wire in box

I just bought a GE Z-Wave dimmer and the I went to install it I noticed that the previous switch did not have a ground wire attached to it. The new switch says that it requires a ground switch (and ...
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Why do I hear intermittent speaker hum that goes away when I turn lights off or on?

I'm hearing speaker hum in a stereo system that I recently hooked up. I can't pinpoint when the hum begins, but I've identified that turning certain lights off or on in the same room eliminates the ...
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How can I upgrade a 3 wire appliance receptacle to a 4 wire receptacle?

I have a cabin, wired for 220 and even has a sub-breaker near the outlet. There are 3 wires to the connector (two hots and the neutral). The range-top that I want to hook up is a 4-wire model (2 ...
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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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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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Running a jumper ground wire from panel to non grounded outlet

I opened up my panel and ran a green wire for ground (14 solid awg) from the grounding bar up through the floor into my office in order to ground an existing outlet. I have also done some grounding ...
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How many ground rods are required for panel and subpanel?

I have a main service panel with two breakers: the main service breaker and a single large breaker to another subpanel in the same structure. All other circuits are serviced from the subpanel. My ...
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DIY solution for open ground wiring where electronics need to be plugged in?

Although many of the original two-prong outlets in a rental property (built around 1958) have been replaced with three-prong ones almost none of them are actually grounded (the couple that are ...
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How should I ground two switches in a handy box that were previously ungrounded?

I am replacing two light switches in my bathroom. One controls the light above the sink and the other controls the fan in the ceiling. When I took the old switches out, I saw that the three neutrals ...
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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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Outlet with ground wire attached to socket ground and neutral

I am replacing some sockets with new sockets, that also contain USB charging receptacles. I have done this before. The question I have is with one of my outlets in my rec room (built in 2007, ...
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Could a disconnected ground wire in the breaker box have caused any problems?

A major home improvement company renovated the outside of our home. During the process the subcontractor jacked into our breaker box without permission and without the use of an electrician. After ...
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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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What would cause arcing between equipment connected to each other where power is connected to different circuits?

Scenario In my "datacenter" (read: basement), I've got a rack of various computer and A/V equipment plugged into a UPS, and into a standard 120v outlet on one side of the room. This equipment works ...
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Adding second ground rod. Is this an acceptable way of bonding?

I recently found out that our sole ground rod is only 4 feet long. That said, I want to add a properly-sized ground rod to "improve" the grounding system and hopefully comply properly with the ...
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Why does my computer have a ground fault only when a peripheral is attached?

I have a weird problem regarding grounding: I have a computer, printer and a LCD screen connected to the electric outlet through a power strip. My computer is zapping me when I touch the body so I ...
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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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How to splice grounds in a metal box with a 30amp and 20amp circuit

I have a 30amp dryer circuit (4x10 gauge - 2hot, 1neutral, 1gnd) and a 20amp circuit (3x12 - hot, neutral, ground) coming into the same metal box. The 20 amp circuit continues on to another box where ...
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Can an inspector require a specific grounding technique?

I had been taking classes to become an electrician at one of the bigger community colleges in my area (specifically LBCC) and my brother had been doing some renovation on his own home and asked me to ...
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Is it ok to use a ground rod at a subpanel instead of a fourth wire?

I understand running the neutral wire back to the main service panel and not bonding the subpanel... but running the equipment ground back to the main panel seems to get conflicting answers. If ...
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Japan: Can I ground a dishwasher by connecting it to a sink?

This is a question about electrical safety in Japan. I know this isn’t a Japanese forum, but my Japanese isn’t up to much, and everyone I can ask either knows nothing about electrical safety or ...
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How to fix an “open ground” on a receptacle that seems grounded?

In the master bedroom on one wall there are two receptacle that when tested shows “open ground”, I have replaced the receptacle on both (with new tamperproof receptacles) and while doing that checked ...
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GFCI not tripped, but no current downstream

I have an outside shed with a non-GFCI outlet and a light fixture. Only the light is controlled by a switch. The shed is wired off of an outside GCFI outlet. Everything, including the outlet, was ...
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Looking for or adding a ground to an existing NEMA 10-30 socket

I have an unused older 3-wire dryer socket (NEMA 10-30R) in my garage, I would like to upgrade this to a NEMA 14-30 socket with an separate ground. I'll be using this for an EVSE unit for electrical ...
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Must I ground my dishwasher to a metal plate?

I bought a Bosch 800 Series Dishwasher Model SHP68T55UC to install into my year 2000 house. Whenever I read tutorials online for installing dishwashers, I see that the ground wire goes to a metal ...
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Do I need to ground Ethernet cable run beneath a pier & beam house?

I'm fairly amateur when it comes to home networking, though I get the basic concepts. I bought a 1000' spool of this Cat6 Ethernet cable, simply because it was the only outdoor-rated cable sold by ...
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Is it dangerous if the ground pin of a 3 prong plug breaks off in the outlet?

The grounding prong of a 3 prong plug broke off in an outlet. Could this be an electrical hazard should a child touch it?
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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 ...