How Do I Correct Ground Wire Electrical Code Violations?
Correcting the Grounding System of Home Electrical Wiring: I have been upgrading some of the fixtures and dimmer switches in my house, When installing ungrounded fixtures and switches where would I ground them?
The Ground System of Home Electrical Wiring
- It is a recent construction circa 2006. Often times I see that many switches and fixtures throughout my house are not grounded.
- Either the ground wire is not connected to anything or the ground wire has been removed altogether. Is this OK? What problems can arise?
- It has never presented a problem, and everything functions fine.
- Finally, when installing these fixtures and switches where would I ground them? To the junction box?
Thanks for your time and consideration.
Background: Glenn, a Homeowner from Chicago.
Thanks for your electrical question Glenn.
The Essential Grounding System of a Home
Application: Home Electrical Ground System.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best performed by a Licensed Electrician.
Tools Required: Basic Electrical Hand Tools and a Voltage Tester
Estimated Time: Depends on personal experience and the number of switches and outlets being replaced.
Correcting an Ungrounded Condition of Home a Electrical System
- When installing home electrical wiring all wiring must include a ground wire, except low voltage wiring where a ground is optional depending on the low voltage system.
- All electrical ground wires must be bonded or spliced together.
- If the junction box is metallic or provides a ground termination then the ground is to be attached there as well.
- If there is a device that is installed in the electrical junction box such as a switch or outlet and the device has a ground screw terminal then a ground wire must be attached to it as well.
With this information I think you’ll agree that the ground wires of your home electrical wiring system are not bonded which in this case cannot provide the protection that a ground system provides. I would have this taken care of.
NOTE: A electrical contractor would know how to take care of this for you and inspect the integrity of the ground system at the main electrical panel which is vitally important above.
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