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Old 07-18-2008, 11:57 PM   #1
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Open Ground Receptacle

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I finished wiring my basement with 8 new receptacles and 7 out of 8 with an "Open Ground" indicator except of the last receptacle which was fine (correct) and that leads to the main electrical panel. I checked all receptacles and make sure that the grounds are screwed tight to either the green screw of the receptacle or to the metal device boxes. In the main panel, the ground wire is screwed tight as well. How can I solve this problem? BTW, I used wood screw to screw the device boxes to the stud.



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Old 07-19-2008, 12:21 AM   #2
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Unless your metal boxes are connected to the main panel with either A. metallic conduit or B. a continous ground wire, the metal boxes arent grounded. For the metal boxes to provide the ground you are looking for, they have to have a ground wire connected to them that is electrically continous all the way back to the main panel, no breaks. Also, if using the boxes for the ground path, you must also make sure that the metal yoke of the receptacle is not isolated from and is in good contact with the metal box. Sometimes the small paper or plastic keepers on the back of the screws will prevent the continuity from receptacle to box. Hope this helps.

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Old 07-21-2008, 10:31 AM   #4
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Thanks for the tips, I managed to solve the open group receptacles.
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