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Old 07-27-07, 06:50 PM
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Ground Current

Can someone please explain ground currents, in layman's terms please? I know this is complicated but I'm curious. From what little I know, the neutral carries unused (voltage or electric?) back to a transformer or substation through the earth because the neutral is insufficient. Am I even close...
Anyway, what I was really wondering is where does this current go? If it does travel back to a substation, why is it directed there? Or what attracts it to go back there? Why back to the source, if this is even what's happening Hopefully you understand my question...

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The neutral is the return path for the current back top the transformer. In a properly working system, there is no current on the ground wires and ALL the current enters and leaves the house on the two hot wires and the neutral.
 
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Old 07-28-07, 06:47 AM
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"From what little I know, the neutral carries unused (voltage or electric?) back to a transformer or substation through the earth because the neutral is insufficient. Am I even close..."

Sorry but no, this is not even close. This whole statement is off the mark.

This subject is hard to go into on a message board, unless of course someone wants to type for quite a while.
I suggest you find some web sites that already have this information. If I can find some I'll post them.
 
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