Issue with Grounding


Old 05-16-16, 09:25 AM
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Issue with Grounding


In my duplex villa house's first floor, the devices connected to some switchboard gives shock unless I water the "ground rod" regularly. Problem occurs only in the first floor and I never had a problem with any switch board in the ground floor.

Could anybody tell me would there be a danger with that issue?

Also, the ground rod took atleast 4 mugs of water on the first day and later it started taking only a mug of water (around 800ml).

Thank you!
Old 05-16-16, 05:32 PM
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Yes it is dangerous.

1. The neutral path from the devices in question up to the utility pole is broken or loose somewhere (unwanted) along the way.

2. Either the hot or the neutral is making contact, unwanted, with the frame of a device due to some damage or defect inside it.

Neutral and ground should be connected together in one place only, in the panel or box where the first master disconnect switch (or breaker) for the whole house is located.

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