no ground to a grounded outlet


Old 05-31-02, 01:19 PM
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Lightbulb no ground to a grounded outlet

I recently bought an old home that is not set up with grounded outlets. I'd like a few of the outlets to be grounded (computer, etc.). How would I go about replacing the current outlets with grounded ones? What would I attach the ground wire to?
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Old 05-31-02, 01:46 PM
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You must run the grounding wire from the outlet all the way back to the grounding bar in your panel. If (and only if), your panel is grounded to the plumbing within 5 feet of where it enters your house, you can run your grounding wire back to the plumbing within 5 feet of where it enters your house.

Here's where you cannot connect the grounding wire:
  • To the plumbing anywhere else in your house.
  • To a ground rod or any other earth connection that isn't itself connected directly to the panel.
  • To any neutral wire (aka, the "grounded conductor").
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