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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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 ...
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How do I add grounding to my old electrical wiring?

This old house is (50's) is wired with cloth covered 12/2 Romex with no ground and all metal boxes. Can I just run a 12 ga or 14 ga solid wire between boxes and then to the ground bus of my service ...
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What is this orange clip my ground wire is connected to?

I am trying to replace a dome light with a nice small ceiling fan. When disassembling the old light, I notice an odd orange/clear clip connecting the lights ground to the house. What is this called, ...
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Can a grounding issue with newly installed light fixtures cause a short circuit/blown fuse?

I have installed three lights (60 Watt Bulbs) on the same line (wire) connected to one light switch. The fuse blew when I hit the switch. I’ve connected all of the white to white and black to black....
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Is an ungrounded outlet for a gas stove a safety hazard?

House was built in the 50's and there is a 3 prong outlet but no ground wire. I've tested it best of my knowledge, the metal casing is not ground either. 2 black and white wires. Basically, am I ...
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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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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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Attaching a grounding pigtail to a junction without a tapped hole?

I'm trying to ground an outlet in my home to the metal of the junction box. I'm using a grounding pigtail of 14AWG wire with a 10/32 terminal attached to one end. Unfortunately it seems the metal ...
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Why doesn't my motion sensor light work?

I want to install a simple motion sensor (Lutron Maestro MS-OPS2) on a single pole switch in my garage. When I installed it the light would not turn off. The instructions (PDF) that come with 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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Do multiple ground bus bars need to be tied on subpanel?

I'm adding circuits to a subpanel. For wiring neatness sake, I'm considering adding a second ground bus bar. Do I need to tie both ground bars together (if so, what size wire), or is screwing them ...
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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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GFCI tester doesn't trip GFCI. Bootleg ground?

My girlfriend recently moved into a new apartment which I have come to suspect might have bootleg grounds, or otherwise improperly wired outlets. After multiple surge-protectors said that they were ...
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120V measured between different outlet grounds

I'm experiencing some electrical issues with the apartment I'm subletting. While connecting up a projector/speaker setup using outlets from different sides of the room, we discovered (through means of ...
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Can I splice grounding wires together to reach an old outlet that needs a ground?

I have a two prong outlet in my house and there is a ground wire behind it, not connected. The ground wire ends in a junction box halfway to the breaker box. Only the neutral and hot wire continue ...
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Is there a reason not to connect the ground wire to a chandelier?

So, I am replacing the insides of a chandelier, but now I dont understand why the person who installed it would leave the ground wire hanging without being connected. I can see a ground wire taped ...
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How do I ground a TV antenna on my shed with the cable running underground to my house?

I want to mount a TV antenna on my shed in my back yard and run the wire underground to my house. The shed is about 60 to 70 feet from the house. There is electrical service in the shed, but there is ...
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Can I attach the main ground from my service panel to the old steel water main in my house?

My current main ground is improperly connected to the water line in my house and I am planning on changing it this week. It is "connected" to (read: formerly soldered, now kind-of-sort-of laying on) a ...
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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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How does a water meter affect the continuity of a grounding electrode system when a jumper is present?

250.53(D)(1) Continuity. Continuity of the grounding path or the bonding connection to interior piping shall not rely on water meters or filtering devices and similar equipment. 250.68(C) ...
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How to wire ground when the sub-panel is Plug-On Neutral

I need to install a sub-panel in my home. Both the main panel and the sub panel are in the same building. I purchased a Square D Homeline Indoor Plug-On Neutral panel (Model # HOM2040M100PCVP) for ...
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How to track down a short circuit in attic with pressed metal ceiling?

When switching on a light the circuit breaker tripped. On the distribution board, I switched off the sub-circuit for the light. The rest of the house and the plugs in the room with the light still ...
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Grounding requirements for main panel and subpanel

I recently had my main service professionally upgraded to 200A and had a 60A subpanel installed in my master suite to support future additions. All work passed city inspection, for whatever that's ...
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Is there a safe alternative to electrical grounding for computers in Argentina?

I came across this APC product page for Microsol Isolator Modules, which purportedly provide "safe power in places with poor or nonexistent grounding." The unit is meant for Brazil, so it won't work ...
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subpanel ground requirement - attached vs unattached structure - what difference does it make?

Subpanel in the garage is currently fed by 10-2 w/ground romex and is grounded both at the main panel via the ground wire and to the plumbing next to the subpanel (underground iron pipe). I want to ...
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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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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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Ground new wiring going into old two-wire outlet?

I'm wiring in a light switch and light into a closet on the other side of the wall of this outlet. I've run romex from the lightswitch hole through the wall and into the back of this metal box (...
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Should a stove flue be grounded for lightning protection?

I have a freestanding wood burning stove that has a metal flue straight up through to the roof. The existing stone chimney with aerials is taller than the new flue (see pic). Should there be an ...
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Grounding subpanels located ~100ft from main breaker

Based on this question on EGCs in conduit (in the context of branch circuits) and this question on conduit as a sole ground source, I would like to know whether two subpanels, located ~100ft from the ...
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Can I use a busbar as a ground in my travel trailer?

I need to ground my inverter and a few other items from my fuse box. Can I use a single busbar, mounted to the floor, as a ground. If not, can you offer suggestions?
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Where do I attach the fixture grounding wire when no supply grounding wire is provided?

I am replacing an undercounter light and I have a black, white and red supply wire but no green or bare copper supply wire. Where do I attach the green ground wire attached to the fixture?
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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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If i use one ground wire for two outlets, will my equipment get damaged?

If i use one ground wire for two outlets, will my equipment get damaged? Here is what I want to do: If my air conditioner sends voltage through the ground wire shared with the outlet powering my ...
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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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Installing Pendant light with gold, silver and bronze coated wiring

I bought some used pendant lights that 3 plastic coated wiring in silver, bronze, and either gold or green. All the wires are silver. I'm assuming the wiring is done that way because the wires are ...
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Tester showing ground, but I am not seeing a ground

In the original portion of my 1940's house, I have three outlets that have wires being ran using conduit. When I test them using a three prong tester, it shows that they are grounded, but when I open ...
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Is is safe to only use a gfci with no ground wires downstream?

If you use a GFCI outlet and the rest of the outlets downstream don't have a ground wire attached, are they still considered grounded and are they safe?
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How can I make a fake ground output?

I'm having problems with my electrical oven: I get shocked when I touch it. I think the way to solve this is to connect the ground wire it has (the green wire) to ground? The problem with that is ...
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Would using a grounded extension cord negate the effects of a ground prong missing from device?

Specifically: I have a PA System with the ground wire missing. It has shocked me in the past and I'd like to use it. Short of a repair (which is coming), would using a grounded extension cord from ...
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Testing my 2-wire home receptacles with a Southwire model 50020S-A

I'm about to put my 1885 Victorian on the market. When I moved in, every receptacle except those in the newly-remodeled kitchen was a "2-prong." There are otherwise no ground wires or armored cable in ...
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NEC code regarding grounding and conductor pass through

I am adding a mini split system to my house which currently has a smaller air-conditioning condenser in place. In brief, the house is very old so we opted for a ductless mini-split over trying to ...
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Are receptacles protected when downstream from ungrounded GFCI?

I have an ungrounded circuit in my house with three-wire grounded receptacles. If I install a GFCI, will the downstream receptacles be protected even if the GFCI is ungrounded?
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Does an existing unprotected conductor need to be immediately rewired?

While cleaning up under the sink, I noticed that an existing owner wired the disposal outlet as shown: It has a red conductor traveling into the crawlspace without a plastic or metallic sheath. I ...
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If my heat pump does not have a neutral, do I still need a neutral wire?

I had a friend wire 10-3 line for a new heat pump. He connected the red and black conductor wires in the house to the 2-pole 60 amp breaker and the neutral white to the neutral bus bar. The outdoor ...

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