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Old 10-28-2010, 04:04 PM   #1
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How to connect ground wires?

Hello everyone,
I am a newbie to this site, so please bare with my lousy explanations and descriptions. Plus, I am a woman who loves repairing things, with English as a second language, therefore having zero knowledge about the terminology.

Just recently, I decided to change my bathroom wall lights (above mirror). I found it quite easy. But, when I tried to close/ attach the lights - I could not screw it fully so it touches the wall (it's kind of loose, worried it might fall down one day) - ground wires inside were taking too much space (yes, the panel lights are attached to is very shallow).

This is how I attached them by following my new lights instruction: took the bare copper wire from the wall, attached it to the screw. Then, took a green ground wire from the lights, and attached it to the same screw.

Here is my question: can I completely avoid that screw, and attach directly the bare (solid) copper ground wire from the wall to the green ground wire, by using that plastic 'cap' - wire connector?

If I do that, then I can position wires inside the wall, and I can normally attach the lights to the wall (will no longer be loose).

I hope someone out there will understand my question.

And answer will surely be appreciated.
P.s. Forgot to mention this as well: when I took new lights out of the box, the ground green screw already had part of the green ground wire on it. Then wires from the lights also had green wire coming out of them. Instructions showed that I put those two together with that 'cap' (that was, by the way, not included). So, to add to my question - I guess I can get rid of that middle wire, and attach ground bare copper wire directly to the one sticking out from the lamp + put a cap on it?


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Old 10-28-2010, 05:31 PM   #2
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A wire-nut is sufficient for proper connection of most lighting fixtures' ground wire. I think they call `em marrette in Canada.



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As long as all the metallic parts of the fixture and box are connected together with the ground wire you will be fine. You should only have one wire under the green screw.
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Ground wires will be conquered!

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