Switches not grounded


Old 12-23-04, 12:05 PM
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Switches not grounded

I have been doing some light remodeling etc. in my home and I have noticed that none of the light switches are grounded. The ground wire is in the box, but it's never connected to the ground terminal on the switch. I even got a light shock once removing wallpaper.

I should connect the ground whenever I do work on the switch, right? My boxes are all plastic.
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Old 12-23-04, 12:10 PM
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Yes, the ground wire should be connected to the switches.
Old 12-23-04, 12:21 PM
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grounded switches

The Nec code does not require you to ground all switches only in the bath,kitchen,garage and outside.
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Old 12-23-04, 12:27 PM
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Maybe your copy of the NEC doesn't require it, but my copy does require you to ground switches whenever a grounding means is available. Article 404.9(B) in the 2002 NEC.

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