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Grounding Electrical Outlets in a Garage

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Electrical Question: How should I ground an outlet to a box?

I am running MC cable (3/8-1/2″) into handy boxes in series around my garage wall. I have one cable entering bottom of handy box and one leaving the top of handy box. How do I ground the box and outlet? the conductors are stranded copper. Do I strip the insulation and wrap around the ground screw on box and use crimp clamps to bond wires and use the tail of one to bond outlet, or do i need to use ring terminals and take all grounds to box ground screw, or wire nut all grounds and use 2 pigtails , 1 to box and 1 to outlet?

Background: Chris, a Handyman from Dover, Tennessee.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your Electrical Wiring Question Chris.

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Question of the Day

Wiring a Switch for an Air Compressor

Wayne asks:
I am wiring my 240volt air compressor using 10/3 to a lighted 30 amp switch to place by exit door to turn off when im away.
My question is: when I wire the switch I will have essentially two hots, do I place both the black and red on one screw and the black and red on the other?
Also its the lighted Leviton 3032-plr, a lot of the comments say I need to use the neutral to operate the light.
I dont know what to do with that.
Thanks for your help.

Dave's Reply:

Wayne, The Leviton 3032-plr switch that you have described is for 120volt applications and will not work on a 240volt circuit.
A typical 240 volt air compressor requires two hots and a ground wire.
A neutral wire is not required.
A 120volt lighted control switch could be wired as an add on control circuit, however this would require a separate 120volt control circuit, a 120volt lighted switch, and a 120volt control relay with 240volt contacts rated for 30amps.

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2 Responses to “Grounding Electrical Outlets in a Garage”
  1. Kevin says:

    I just bought a hot tub and was having some ground issues. I was wondering how to ground the outlet that the hot tub is plugged into. It’s already plugged into a receptacle in my garage which gets all its power from the breaker box in my house. I was troubleshooting and found that if I push the outlet back against the garage siding where it is and put the cover back on it the hot tub will give off a charge. If I pull the receptacle out and plug it in so it isn’t touching anything, then there is no shock from the hot tub. So….. how would you ground that receptacle?

    • Dave Rongey says:

      Hi Kevin,
      Most hot tubs require a dedicated circuit which is not shared with anything else. So if that is the case with your hot tub you should check the specifications and have a dedicated circuit installed with GFCI protection as described in the installation manual.
      As for the garage outlet that is causing a charge and shock hazard I would highly recommend turning off the circuit that supplies power to the outlet. The outlet should be removed so the electrical box and securing hardware may be inspected for improper installation and loose or faulty wiring connections. If the circuit wiring includes a ground wire then make sure the termination of the ground wire to the outlet is correct. Keep in mind that accessible outlets in the garage should have ground fault protection, and this can be accomplished by installing a GFCI circuit breaker, or by installing one or more GFCI Outlets.
      I hope this helps you.

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