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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?

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Understanding Grounding for Sub Panels
[ad#block] Question: 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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This article refers to sub panels that are located in an attached building, or the same building structure. For information about a sub panel located in a detached or remote building please see the following article which discusses the topic of grounding for a Detached Building in detail: Installing a Sub Panel for a Detached Building

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2 Responses to “Sub Panel Grounding and Neutrals”
  1. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Texe,
    In a home electrical system there is typically a main ground source, which is located at the main panel. The main panel is where all grounding methods are bonded together. This article about sub panels refers to the separation of the ground and the neutral which is required by the NEC electrical code.
    Thanks for your question about electrical grounding,

  2. Texe says:

    Please explain how 2 ground wires came in to being.
    How do you ground something TWICE? It’s either grounded or it’s not.