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Old 10-24-2011, 01:55 PM   #1
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Hi there,

I received a report from an inspection saying the ground wire to the electrical panel needs to be attached to a cold water pipe (image attached). Can I simply connect this myself or do I run some serious risks? What precautions need be taken? Should all electricity be shut down?

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Old 10-24-2011, 02:05 PM   #2
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Turn off main breaker, reattach clamp, turn on breaker, go to bed.

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Turn off main breaker, reattach clamp, turn on breaker, go to bed.
That is all wrong.....

This is how you do it.....

Grab a beer....look at the main breaker while drinking the beer. Once beer is done, turn off breaker.

Grab another beer....while drinking beer collect tools. Once beer is done, take tools over to ground clamp.

Grab another beer. Drink beer while look at the ground clamp and what has to be done. Once beer is done, attach clamp.

Grab another beer. Return tools to the normal storage location. Once beer is done, head back into house.

Grab another beer. By now the wife is yelling at you for the power still being off. Since you are on your 5th beer, you don't care. Finish beer.

Grab another beer, head out to the meter. Look at the main breaker while you finish the beer. Once the beer is done, turn on the breaker.

Grab another beer and go sleep on the couch.



Disclaimer....this is only in humor. I do not advocate drinking alcohol while working on electrical items. The two do not go together. Do the drinking afterwards.
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Old 10-24-2011, 03:24 PM   #4
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Thanks guys, appreciate the input. The 2nd option sounds more fun, but a bit too difficult. I'll celebrate afterwards

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Be aware the neighbor might have a bad neutral and is using your ground. Tap it to pipe using gloves.
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Yes, be careful touching both the pipe and the ground wire at the same time. There should not be any voltage between them, but there could be if your neighbor's electrical system has a problem - even with your main breaker off.

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