Ground clamp to water pipe


Old 12-28-06, 09:07 AM
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Ground clamp to water pipe

Greetings again from new hampshire. Happy holidays.
In my mobile home I am changing some galvanized pipes over to copper. When I cut out a section of the EXISTING underbelly pipe it had the main panel ground clamp attached and dangling in air. I did not damage the grounding conductor, however, now it is not attached to anything. (still attached at panel tho). My plan was not to repair this with new 3/4" copper until tomorrow. My question is this: Am I SAFE to continue using my tools and applicances until I repair this grounding clamp and pipe tomorrow?
-Thanks so much.
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Old 12-28-06, 09:38 AM
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For the most part, yes. The clamp has two primary functions: to shunt lightning strikes to ground; and to bond the water pipes so that a breaker trips in the unlikely event a hot wire touches a metal pipe. In a sense it's like driving without a seat belt -- perfectly safe as long as you don't crash. If it was my house, I wouldn't worry about it for the day it will take to replace.
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