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Old 02-27-2009, 02:49 AM   #1
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I am installing a stand alone outside receptical. The directions on the box say to wire the ground wire to the box. If I wire it to the box, I can't wire it to the receptical. Do I run a small piece of wire from the receptical ground screw to the box ground screw, or since the box is metal, is the ground to the box enough?

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If it's a surface mount box , you can remove at least one, if not both, screw retaining insulating washers and this will ground the receptacle.

Make sure you screw the receptacle up tight against the box.

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I am installing a stand alone outside receptical. The directions on the box say to wire the ground wire to the box. If I wire it to the box, I can't wire it to the receptical. Do I run a small piece of wire from the receptical ground screw to the box ground screw, or since the box is metal, is the ground to the box enough?

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Sure you can. Connect a piece of wire to the ground terminal in the box. Then connect this wire to the circuit ground and the receptacle ground. Just put all three grounding wires under one wire or wing nut.

The box can be used as a ground, provided it is connected to metal conduit and has an unbroken metal path all the way back to the panel. I would still pull the ground anyway. IMO.
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Sounds good to me.... Thanks for the information....
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