Ground Two Points


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Old 05-07-20, 06:09 PM
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Can you extend a ground, maybe with an inline connector thing? Perhaps I don't even have to, I don't understand why the electrician did it like this. I am replacing an old dimmer switch, which controls a chandelier-type ceiling light. I needed a neutral at the switch (replacing it with a WiFi switch), the neutral terminated at the fixture in the ceiling, so I got an electrician to help me run 4-core Romex from the fixture to the switch. I have that switch hooked up, it works exactly as it should, but I was unable to twist the grounds together (the one connected to the panel, which the electrician helped me run from the fixture to the switch, and the one attached to the WiFi switch); I was unable to twist them together because the electrician left less than an inch of the ground wire for me to play with, I pulled it as far as I could, I have maybe a little more than an inch - not enough to get my fingers in the box and wire nut them together. If I would leave them the way the electrician did (the way I have it for now), the ground coming from the fixture sitting under a screw on the box, and the ground coming out of the switch just wire nutted and attached to nothing, would the switch be grounded? If not, can I extend the ground coming from the fixture by using another piece of copper wire a few inches long, connected with an inline connector? The other thing is I am adding a power receptacle to the circuit, a few feet down the wall from the switch, daisy chained to the switch, so I'm not sure what I would do with the ground from that wire at the switch end. I could wire nut that ground to the ground coming out of the switch, but with the ground in the 4-core Romex coming from the panel attached under a screw on the box, would the receptacle and switch be grounded?
 
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Old 05-07-20, 07:21 PM
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can I extend the ground coming from the fixture by using another piece of copper wire a few inches long, connected with an inline connector?
Certainly. It can be a wago, a butt crimp connection even a small wire nut.
Basically any solid connector.
 
 

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