Charged Plumming -- Dangerous? - General DIY Discussions - Page 2 - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum


Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > DIY Repair > General DIY Discussions

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-06-2009, 05:08 PM   #16
Remodeling Contractor
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Sandy Hook, CT
Posts: 3,590
Rewards Points: 2,000
Default

Charged Plumming -- Dangerous?


Quote:
Originally Posted by AllanJ View Post
As an amateur you can ground it yourself. Take a long length of wire (I suggest 16 gauge or thicker) and tie one end to the faucet assembly (the shower arm is better if you know a metal pipe connects the two). Run the cable through rooms and hallways and stairs (preferably stapled neatly along baseboards and up and around doorways) down to the basement and connect it to the ground bus bar in the breaker panel. Have the power off when you do this project.

Is this for real? Please specify the NEC reference for this method. And even your theory of how this makes sense.

Advertisement

Bob Mariani is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2009, 05:11 PM   #17
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: South of Boston, MA
Posts: 17,248
Rewards Points: 2,000
Default

Charged Plumming -- Dangerous?


Seems as a Temp measure it would work
Not sure how good it would look
But better then being shocked in the shower
Scuba_Dave is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2009, 05:18 PM   #18
Remodeling Contractor
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Sandy Hook, CT
Posts: 3,590
Rewards Points: 2,000
Default

Charged Plumming -- Dangerous?


All the plumbing pipes are connected. (unless the basement is flooded). So connecting a #6 which is code minimum to the nearest copper pipe is a much easier and safer and correct fix. Also in same department you will find a clamp for the pipe and wire since this is done at every house in the world unless all the plumbing is plastic.
Bob Mariani is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2009, 05:19 PM   #19
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: South of Boston, MA
Posts: 17,248
Rewards Points: 2,000
Default

Charged Plumming -- Dangerous?


I wasn't aware you went & inspected the property
Unless of course PVC was inserted somewhere
Scuba_Dave is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2009, 05:48 PM   #20
electrician
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 326
Rewards Points: 250
Default

Charged Plumming -- Dangerous?


No AllenJ, as an amateur you shouldn't be touching any electrical in a rental!

Last edited by Silk; 04-06-2009 at 05:51 PM.
Silk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2009, 06:10 PM   #21
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: South of Boston, MA
Posts: 17,248
Rewards Points: 2,000
Default

Charged Plumming -- Dangerous?


If I was in a rental & I was getting shocked in the shower you bet yer arse I'd touch the electric by running a ground
Scuba_Dave is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2009, 10:12 AM   #22
Bill Kearney
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Bethesda, MD USA
Posts: 1,979
Rewards Points: 1,126
Default

Charged Plumming -- Dangerous?


A quick way to find the source of the problem would be to turn off the breakers. Start with them ALL off. If you want to be safe then use a voltmeter to check it instead of just your bare hands. If the voltage disappears when all the breakers are off then start turning them back on, one-by-one until it returns. Make note of which one triggered the return of voltage and turn it back off (and leave it off until it's fixed). If the breaker is controlling something like a dishwasher, refrigerator or other appliance, try unplugging that appliance (if it has a plug). It may be a defect within that appliance that's causing the problem. Or it may be a defect in how the outlet for that appliance is wired.

When I was a kid we had a fridge that wasn't grounded properly. We never noticed the problem until I was tall enough to reach both the kitchen sink spigot and the handle of the fridge at the same time. Zap! Unplugging the fridge eliminated the problem. Running the fridge from another outlet (with a heavy duty extension cord) likewise eliminated the problem. Turned out to be an improperly wired outlet.

If you turn off all the breakers and the voltage is still there then try shutting off the main breaker. If turning off all the breakers doesn't eliminate the voltage then there's a much bigger problem.

It's a rental, so you're stuck on just what you can do to fix it but you should NOT be playing games with your safety. Live voltage on water pipes is a serious risk. Do not half-ass it here by rigging up something on your own.

Advertisement

wkearney99 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Hot light switch - how dangerous, and what to do? maximizer Electrical 12 12-29-2011 11:19 PM
Elecrtical Panel Dangerous??? Trouble-T Electrical 7 09-24-2008 07:44 AM
Solar Charged Brushless Lawn Mower Educator Electrical 2 04-20-2008 01:43 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts