No ground screw in box

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Old 03-24-02, 01:21 AM
Simplemines
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No ground screw in box

I wanted to replace an old-style dimmer with a new one. It should've been okay, but for one thing: the outlet box doesn't have a ground screw, and the new dimmer has a green ground wire.

What do I do? Do I have to replace the box itself? Can I install this and ignore the grounding wire (which I do NOT want to do)?

Any help would be appreciated!
 
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Old 03-24-02, 06:28 AM
Wgoodrich
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If you have a circuit that is a two wire branch circuit without a green or bare wire in the circuit it is considered as existing and may have the dimmer installed without the green screw connected.

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Old 03-24-02, 06:57 AM
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<<If you have a circuit that is a two wire branch circuit without a green or bare wire in the circuit it is considered as existing and may have the dimmer installed without the green screw connected.

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Okay, but then what do I DO with the green wire? Just leave it hanging there? Should I at least put a wire nut on the end of it or something?
 
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Old 03-24-02, 11:03 AM
Wgoodrich
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I would put a wire nut on the end to avoid it getting into any live parts. Otherwise it does not matter if not connected on a two wire branch circuit. It has the same potential as a steel box or the steel of the mounting yoke of your device. Just protect it from any possible shorting to live parts.

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