That is not exactly true in the 2005 and earlier codes. It says "...
no continuous metallic paths BONDED TO THE GROUNDING SYSTEM".
It would apply to a metallic water piping system, required to be
bonded but not to a phone line, LAN or any number of other
Your phone line may have a surge protector that is connected to the
grounding system via gas protectors but it is not bonded to it. If it
was you would have an unnerving hum on the line.
The only way your CATV is bonded is if you also have a grounding
block in the garage. In that case you do have a parallel path.
I verified tonight what the panel said. Left says 'grounding strap",
right says "neutral strap". usint a continuity meter, left bank has
continuity to the enclosure. Netral strap on the right does not.
Instructions call that little bar to the very left "addition"
By the way, I plan on having 2 240 volt circuits, one for an air
compressor one for a lincol welder "buz box". I was going to make the
compressor a 30 amp circuit with 20-3 wire and the welder a 50 amp
circuit with 6 guage. Does it matter if I have bothe these breakers on
the same buss as the 100 amp main breaker or would that be bad
practice to have alot of voltage on one bank compred to the other?
Also, do I need to have these outlets a certain distance from the
overhead garage door? I would like ot place them as close as I can so
I can reach outside with them if I need to,.
I'm assuming that by "on the same buss", you mean opposite sides of the same
section of buss. I would tend to avoid doing that, and would set them side
by side, and use circuits with lesser loads opposite heavily loaded
You can install the outlets as close to the door as you like.
Your 30 amp circuit will probably be on 10/3, 20/3 is doorbell wire
*Roy I looked again at the photo and I noticed this before and thought it
odd, but now it makes sense. There are two lugs on the right neutral bar
and one on the left neutral bar. There may have been an accessory piece for
the installer to connect the two bars, but the OP left it off. Or maybe a
piece of wire is to be used if the neutral bar on both sides was needed. In
that case the OP is correct in using the left side as a ground bar and the
green screw should be installed. I've used the GE panels before and have
never seen this. Maybe it is something new. This probably is a 12/24 panel
that can also be used for service entrance hence the reason for being
I think you hit the nail on the head. I wouldn't be surprised if these
panels are specially built for places like HD and Lowes. The OP's
description sounds perfectly legitimate, yet I've never seen one that came
that way, straight out of the box
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