No ground wire present?


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Old 10-10-04, 11:51 AM
dolph13
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No ground wire present?

I recently had a electrician install a light switch and ceiling light fixture (there was previously no ceiling fixture in the room). He ran the light switch off an existing outlet.

I now want to install a dimmer switch. The existing light switch has one red and one orange wire running into it. There are also two white wires capped together. There is no ground wire.

My dimmer switch has two black wires and green ground wire. I assume the two black wires connect to the red wire (heading to the ceiling fixture) and the orange wire heading to the outlet below. Can I put the green ground wire with the two white wires that are capped? Or can I simply cap off the green wire?

Thanks!
 
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Old 10-10-04, 01:07 PM
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Do not connect the ground wire to a neutral wire. never, ever do this.

Simply leave the green ground wire capped off, if the box is plastic. If the box is metal then attach it to the box.
 
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Old 10-10-04, 01:19 PM
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I can pretty much guarantee you that the box is metal. Buy a green pigtail at your home center. They come in a little package with the screw already attached which fits a hole in the box.
 
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Old 10-10-04, 06:23 PM
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Thanks!

I appreciate the quick response and I will pick up the green pigtail.
 
 

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