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Old 12-15-2011, 11:22 PM   #1
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Ground Wires Connected Outside of Switch Box

Hello, I have a dual switch box. I am trying to replace one of the switches with a timer. As far as I can tell, all the ground wires are connected outside of the box. Here is a link to a picture to hopefully help make some sense.

If you follow the green wire it comes out of the Romex and is routed right outside the box.

Any ideas on what to do would be helpful.


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Old 12-16-2011, 06:25 AM   #2
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I trrust and hope that the ground wires are indeed connected together out there, with a crimp ring or wire nut or clamp as opposed to merely being twisted together.

I would try to find some kind of small screw-tightened clamp that will fit on one of the other (bare) ground wires without nicking it and tie the ground wire of (or a bare pigtail to) the new device's ground.


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Old 12-16-2011, 06:59 AM   #3
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Have you taken and tried to pull it back into the box?
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Old 12-16-2011, 07:32 AM   #4
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Thanks for the reply's!

I have tried tugging on them slightly and they don't seem to budge. I didn't want to pull on them too hard and risk disconnecting the ground without fully understanding what I'm facing.
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