Open Ground


Old 05-05-04, 08:22 AM
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Open Ground

I recently installed a new receptacle and everything was ok. Used the receptacle tester after everything was closed up and everything was good.

I must have hastily put a cap on two joining ground wires in one of the junction boxes. It came loose and one of the wires popped out.

I was operating my air compressor and emptying the condensation out on the bottom using the relief valve when I got a nice jolt! Enough to scare the hell out of me! Put the tester on later and quickly found I had the open ground.

I guess a couple lessons learned here. Unplug the tools when you're done using them and don't be too careless when wiring things up!
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Old 05-05-04, 10:01 AM
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Good lessons for all of us. To get this shock, you must have two faults: (1) an open ground and (2) a short between hot and the open ground.

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