Sub Panel Grounding and Neutrals
Understanding Grounding for Sub Panels: When you add a second electrical panel with separate neutral and common bars, do you ground the common to the box along with a ground rod connection?
Understanding Grounding for Sub Panels
When you add a second electrical panel with separate neutral and common bars, do you ground the common to the box along with a ground rod connection?
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Grounding for Sub Panels
- A second panel or sub panel should have the neutral and ground terminals or bars isolated from each other, this is why the main circuit feed to the sub panel must have 4 wires, with a dedicated insulated wire for the neutral and a separate wire for the ground.
- All the ground wires bond back at the main panel together with the neutrals.
- The sub panel neutral bar or terminal should not be bonded to the enclosure or the ground of the sub panel. The sub panel ground should not have a ground rod tied to it.
- The bonding for the main ground sources such as a ground rod is made at the main panel where all the grounds are bonded together as well.
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