Would this cause an "Open Ground"?


Old 05-22-05, 04:12 PM
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Would this cause an "Open Ground"?

I replaced 10/3 alum with 12/3 and made connections just as they were except I made a pigtail ground connection to the J-box (in the basement) that wasn't there previously. The red wire goes to the garbage disposal switch and the black goes to an outlet next to the disposal switch in the same box. In that box (in the kitchen) I've also pigtailed a ground. When I use my 3-prong tester I get an "Open Ground" reading. Before I spend a lot of time investigating I'm wondering if the cause is due to the disposal not being connected yet. As a check I removed the disposal ground from the pigtail in the kitchen box and I still got an "Open Ground" reading. I thought I would post the question before removing the disposal from the basement J-box ground (that one is a little more work). Thanks in advance.

Please disregard the above question. My "Open Ground" was caused by the outlet not being connected to the box. I guess that makes sense since the ground is connected to the box, not the outlet.


Last edited by 02Viper; 05-22-05 at 04:48 PM.
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Old 05-22-05, 06:07 PM
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You must connect the ground wire to both the box and the receptacle.

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