I am installing a structured media panel in my basement (unfinished).
The instructions for the panel says "Establish an appropriate ground
wire between the grounding screw and hte AC power ground point."
I am thinking of running a No. 10 bare copper wire from the ground
screw on the box to a nearby outlet's ground wire. Is this OK to do?
Any advice is appreciated.
If your electrical panel is in the basement. I would run an insulated wire
over to the ground on your electrical panel. If the panel isn't in the
basement, then still see if you can run your wire to the ground connection
going to the main electrical panel. Look at the gauge of the ground wire to
the main panel and don't bother running anything bigger to your media panel.
I would not particualarly trust the outlet's ground. I'm assuming the media
panel will have wires coming from outside the house, so lighting is a
possiblity. So don't trust the outlet's ground for two reasons; 1. It may
not really be ground and 2. If it is really ground, you don't want to be
feeding a lighting hit through your electrical panel to get back to earth.
Give it a direct path to earth.
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