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Christo 12-26-2007 11:23 AM

safe wiring?
I replaced 2 old receptacles with 2 new ones and then the push-button breaker wouldn't reset. I had placed a ground wire from the metal outlet box to each new receptacle. the boxes already have ground wires from the cable in the wall. The breaker finally reset when I removed the ground wires that I connected from the outlet box to the receptacle. Is this safe?

gregzoll 12-26-2007 11:51 AM

If the boxes are grounded, then running a wire to the outlet from the metal box, is just double grounding. Run the ground wire from the romex to the GFCI, and you should be fine.

Christo 12-26-2007 12:07 PM

I'm not using GFCI outlets.

gregzoll 12-26-2007 02:25 PM

Then you have a short somewhere, that was caused when you connected from the outlet ground to the box ground. Double check everything.

220/221 12-26-2007 03:10 PM

You may have just shorted out the bare recep ground wire on a hot terminal/wire when you folded it back into the box.

goose134 12-26-2007 10:29 PM

That is exactly what I was thinking.

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