Grounding problem

Old 08-24-01, 07:38 PM
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Ground wire, which is bolted on the out side water nozzle is sparking? When i move the wire or when the nozzle and ground wire and connector gets wet? Is there suppose to be slack in the grounding connectors on the nozzle and rod in the ground? Also have had some electrical outlet problems inside the house. Light bulbs burning out,refrigerator does not run properly on its original recepticle. Any ideas would be great. Thanks
Old 08-25-01, 03:13 AM
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One possibility is a loose neutral between your house and the utility. Get an electrician or the utility to check it ASAP.
Old 08-27-01, 10:18 AM
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I agree with Ichabod, for safety's sake. From your description it sounds like you have the potential there for a shock or worse.

Personally I would call the utility first. Most of them in my experience are really good about sending someone right out, and will rarely charge you for the service call. If the problem is with your house's electrical system they'll tell you and then you can spend the money to hire an electrician, but in the mean time you saved a couple bucks on the diagnosis.

As far as "slack", all ground connections and connectors should be solidly tightened. The arcing is electricity jumping across a poor connection to get to the other side. Kinda like the bridge being out. A poor connection to ground is a very dangerous thing.

Hope that helps. Please be safe!


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