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Incorrect Outlet Ground Wire Could be a Shock Hazard

The Danger of Incorrectly Connecting a Ground Wire to a Outlet: Why a Ground Wire Should Not be Used as a Neutral Wire on a Receptacle Outlet.


Ground Wire Shock Hazard
Electrical Question: Is it safe to wire the ground wire to the neutral side of the outlet?

Background: John, a Homeowner from Nampa, Idaho.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question John.

The Danger of Incorrectly Connecting a Ground Wire to a Outlet

Application: Wiring a 120volt Receptacle Outlet.
Skill Level: Advanced – Best performed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, Voltage Tester or Volt Ohm Meter.
Estimated Time: Depends on the type and age of the electrical wiring and the access to the circuits and wiring to be evaluated.
Notice: Repairs to Home Electrical Wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes and installing new or replacement electrical parts or equipment may require a permit and inspections.

Why a Ground Wire Should Not be Used as a Neutral Wire on a Receptacle Outlet

NOTE: A ground wire should never be connected to replace the neutral wire. Make Sure to Avoid Creating This Dangerous Electrical Shock Hazard in Your Home, as I explain below.

IMPORTANT: With the condition of this electrical question, it would be best to immediately disconnect the incorrect wiring hazard that has been created and correctly proceed with whatever method that is necessary to repair the fault with the neutral wire, please see the following resources for further assistance.

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The Plug-In Outlet Tester
This is the first tool I grab to troubleshoot a problem with outlet circuit wiring. This popular tester is also used by most inspectors to test for power and check the polarity of circuit wiring.
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