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Old 06-08-2012, 01:14 AM   #16
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Hmmm, all say metal water piping. If that little bit if metal pipe does get charged it'll charge the water too as it is a conductor also. I wonder if that means cutting in a copper section just above the heater. The pipe will be bonded less than 2 feet from the dirt so I don't think I'll need to worry about it as that should be a much better draw of electricity than the inside of the house (assuming no drought leaving the top three feet of dirt hard and dry).

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Hmmm, all say metal water piping. If that little bit if metal pipe does get charged it'll charge the water too as it is a conductor also. I wonder if that means cutting in a copper section just above the heater. The pipe will be bonded less than 2 feet from the dirt so I don't think I'll need to worry about it as that should be a much better draw of electricity than the inside of the house (assuming no drought leaving the top three feet of dirt hard and dry).
Trek, do you actually know the difference between grounding and bonding?

Hint: grounding has nothing to do with opening an OCPD, fuse or breaker, for personal safety or overload conditions.

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Sorry, I retread my post and had typed the wrong word. If I have understood things correctly from here, bonding is to prevent damage to people from the regular current and grounding is to prevent damage to equipment from things like lightning and transient fluctuations. Am I close? I admit though, I haven't a clue what an OCPD is.
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My electrical knowledge is pretty basic, I am new to this DIY home improvement stuff. I've never lived someplace I could do anything to until a few months ago. I've made my living working with computers (who'd have guessed from the handle) and the most complex thing besides that is turning a pickle into a lamp.
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I haven't a clue what an OCPD is.
Short for "Over Current Protection Device" like a fuse or breaker.

Do you have plastic water pipes in your house?
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Yeah, everything beyond the meter is polyvinyl chloride. Same with the drains save the main stack and a secondary stack from the kitchen.
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There is no need nor method to bond or ground to a non-metallic plastic pipe.

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