Is ground to common better than no ground at all?

cookncarpenterFebruary 25, 2013

I have a receptacle that I cannot get a ground wire to. Is there any problem connecting the ground screw to the common, which are both connected to the same bussbar at the panel? Or better to just leave the device ungrounded...

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hexus

it's best to leave it ungrounded and GFCI protect it labeling it so it's known it doesn't have an equipment ground, or install a 2 prong receptacle.

You can not to what you mentioned because you could end up with objectionable current to ground. There is only once place that the ground and neutral are bonded, the main panel. Any other panel, or anywhere else, they shall remain separate.

    Bookmark   February 25, 2013 at 5:05PM
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cookncarpenter

So a GFCI receptacle will work without a ground connected to it?

    Bookmark   February 25, 2013 at 5:10PM
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Ron Natalie

A GFCI does not need a ground to work.

    Bookmark   February 25, 2013 at 5:47PM
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