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Old 03-24-2010, 12:01 AM   #1
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gfis w open ground

per nec, does a gfi have to be grounded? I have one that has an open ground. Is the easiest fix tieing it onto a copper water pipe w a clamp? If not can someone tell me what is?
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Old 03-24-2010, 06:32 AM   #2
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Yes, a gfci can work without a ground.
No, you cannot just take a wire to the copper pipe.
Are the rest of the receptacles in the house ungrounded?
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An ungrounded receptacle may be grounded by running a separate ground wire but that must go all the way to the panel where the hot wire was fed, or to the ground rod or to the (typically #6) wire that connects the former two.

There was an argument on another thread on this forum on how to ground a second ungrounded receptacle but what I gathered is that a separate ground wire from the second can be tied to the separate ground wire of the first when both are on the same branch circuit.
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If you can get enough access to run a separate ground wire as described, there is no reason not to run a new branch circuit cable to the oulet instead.
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