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Old 07-06-2012, 12:19 AM   #16
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How to tell if my neutral is bonded to my ground?


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The grounding electrode is under the new meter box. You should be able to see it in the attached picture.

I can't see any copper coming into the panel but there is so much copper in that corner it could still be hiding from me. Is it possible to ground the panel via all that metal conduit shown in the picture?

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Thank You, that is an allowed point of earth grounding. If you have metal water pipes you should have a grounding electrode conductor running to those also .. to within 5' of where the main line enters the house. Local codes sometimes require it to be closer than 5'. The key is the main line must be underground for at least 10' after leaving the house in order to be a required electrode. If it isn't then your not required to have a water pipe bond.


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No metal water pipes, so I don't have to worry about that one.

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Then your good ... some others may have some questions but IMO your fine.
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Hey all,

I just pushed aside the bundle of wires over one of my bus bars and found the little item in the attached picture. My guess is that's the bonding strap that bonds the neutral and grounding bars. It is definitely running under the plastic strip that runs between the bars.

It's loose and I think it should be tightened down. Am I correct?

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Yes it should be tightened down. While you are at it, you might as well tighten down all the other screws and set screws holding wires in place. Flip off each breaker before tightening the screw(s) on it. (An experienced person should tighten the big lugs holding the fat service wires in place.)

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