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kteymer 06-05-2012 12:43 AM

Outside Ground Wire...
We have been having troubles with our landlines and water heater for months! Our house is over 100 years old and I'm not sure if the wiring has ever been redone. Yesterday I discovered the ground wire outside the house has come unattached from the rod. I'm fairly new @ this home repair thing and hopefully I don't sound like an idiot-1st question: could the issues with the phones and water heater both be related to the ground wire? and 2nd:can I reattach the ground wire SAFELY without replacing everything and turning off the electricity? Answers GREATLY appreciated! :thumbup:

jammin06 06-05-2012 01:28 AM

Ques 1 - Not knowing what ' issues ' you are having, can't really say yes or no.
However, under normal conditions, the ground wire should have no current or voltage on it. So the lack of it being connected should make no difference. It is a safety precaution.

Ques 2 - see answer to #1

mpoulton 06-05-2012 01:54 AM

It's possible some issues could be caused by a loose ground. Depends on the issues. Reconnecting a loose ground wire should not usually pose a danger, but could be extremely dangerous in some circumstances if there is a problem with your system. Without more information it's impossible to tell. Is there another clamp somewhere that connects a ground wire to your water line? If so then the missing connection to the ground rod is insignificant and shouldn't be dangerous to reattach. But if there is no water line connection, then the missing ground may be more of an issue.

kteymer 06-05-2012 11:41 AM

Our phones have terrible connections 1/2 the time, when it wants to work @ all. We've had the phone company check it and they say it's most likely a ground wire somewhere. The water heater works fine for a few days, then the fuses blow. I can't tell u how many fuses we've replaced in the last few months. We have no other problems with any appliances or electrical. The phone and water heater began having the problem @ the same time, so I only assumed they were related.

Yoyizit 06-05-2012 02:47 PM

And when engineers say "it is a ground loop" it means the same as when doctors say "It is a virus".
It means they don't know or they don't yet know. The second case is excusable.

In my whole life I don't think I've ever heard an engineer or a doctor say "I don't have a clue." Hopefully it means "I don't yet have a clue." There is a difference.

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