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CareBear 02-01-2013 03:18 AM

I'm confused about ground wire coloring.
I looked at the NEC 2014 draft, section 200.6 and it says that grounded conductors should have either a gray or white finish. Yet all over the Internet it says ground wires are green, plus ground screws for appliances are green.

Jim Port 02-01-2013 04:33 AM

You are confusing grounded with grounding conductors. Grounded are the neutrals.

Speedy Petey 02-01-2013 06:28 AM

This is one of the reasons why lay people should not simply pick up the NEC and start reading. You need some primer to get a feel for it first.
Some serious mistakes can be make otherwise.

Gac66610 02-01-2013 08:10 AM

There are 3 grounds used in electrical work.
Ground - Earth
Grounded - Neutral, White or grey in color
Grounding - Conductor, Bare or green in color

In most transformers or main disconnecting means the Grounding takes the Grounded to Ground.

CareBear 02-01-2013 03:45 PM

Most of the NEC is understandable, and I have some clue about electricity, so I'm not entirely lost reading the NEC. Gotta start somewhere, and the Sunset diy electrical book doesn't seem to be it.

gregzoll 02-01-2013 03:53 PM

*Cough* Mike Holt website. I have found the Black & Decker Complete home wiring guide to be the best. Also if you can still find it out on the web, the U.S. Army basic electrical manual is good.

I may have it in my account, or on my pocket drive.

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