Grounding an Electrical Outlet


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

How to Ground an Outlet that Does not have a Ground Wire


How to Ground an Outlet that Does not have a Ground Wire

Electrical Question: How can I bond ground wires to a receptacle if there isn’t one?

This electrical question came from: David, a Handyman from Union City, NJ
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Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question David.

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2 Responses to “Grounding an Electrical Outlet”
  1. Dave Rongey says:

    Gary,
    This is a great point that you are making, and yes – where there is a solid metallic conduit, fittings and junction box assembly that is recognized as an approved path for the ground, such as Electrical Metallic Conduit EMT, then a ground wire may be attached using an approved green grounding screw to the provided grounding attachment in the metal box, and the ground wire may be fastened to the ground terminal of the device such as a switch or receptacle.
    Thank you for your comment,
    Dave

  2. Gary Oliwa says:

    Regarding your answer on grounding an electrical outlet when there isn’t a ground wire present, IF the outlet box is metal (not plastic) and IF the cable coming in is grounded metal jacketed or grounded conduit, then isn’t it OK to connect a wire to the metal box and outlet ground?