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Old 06-23-2014, 05:43 PM   #1
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Old well pipe no longer connected to plumbing


My house in Northern Minnesota used to be fed by a well with steel pipe connecting the well to all water faucets. Now that well is defunct. The house is now fed by a well some distance away and connected to the house by PVC pipe. There is a ground line running from the main panel to the old well pipe, but the old well pipe is no longer connected to the house plumbing.

Do I need to do add any new ground runs be be safe and compliant?

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There is also a run from the bonded neutral to a ground rod near the main panel.

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You can use that old Galvanized pipe with the ground wire as a ground. It would fall under grandfathered rules, as it stands.

You will always have in most main panels the grounds and Neutrals bonded together, then have it grounded at the meter pan.

If you have the ground rod ground inside the main panel. You need to separate the neutrals and grounds. The Neutrals need to be placed on bus bars, that are not bonded to the grounded metal of the panel and ground bus bars.
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If you have the ground rod ground inside the main panel. You need to separate the neutrals and grounds. The Neutrals need to be placed on bus bars, that are not bonded to the grounded metal of the panel and ground bus bars.
Simply because the GEC terminates in the panel does not mean the neutrals and grounds need to be separated. A service panel can share the bus between neutrals and grounds.
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