I'm wiring up some outlets in my garage. I have a receptacle, wire going in
the box, wire coming out and going to the next box. The receptacle is a
standard receptacls, and has two screws for the neutral wire, two screws for
the hot wire, but only one screw for the ground wire. I hook the hot and
neutral wires to the respective screws, works fine.What is the correct way
to wire up the ground wire? Can I put both of them on the same screw? It
seems to be secure, but it is it the correct way to do this?
I don't trust just wrapping two grounds together.
If it's "new work" I use one of those wirenuts with a hole in the end and
leave the longer of the two ground wires uncut. Slip the wirenut over the
long wire and slide it down to where the second ground can be laid
alongside. Twist both wires together. If the ground wires have already
been but short, you just add a third through the hole.
I picked up some "pigtail" wirenuts (12 each in white, black, red, and
green) and they are useful when you have only a single device.
In other words, connect the ground wire with a pig tail to the screw on
top of the outlet. I wouldn't use the same screw. Home Depot, actually
has some pre-made pig tails, but using those only make sense if you are
going to do a lot of them.
Depending on who you ask the important thing is secure a good continuous
mechanical connection through the circuit. Being in the garage check to see
because some codes require a GFCI circuit in the garage area. You can wrap
take a bare copper (ground) wire and run to the ground connection, of the
outlet, then secure it to the remaining wire runs with a lug nut or most
just pull enough wire out of the outlet and loop the connections or cut it
and make your splices there. The important thing, again, is maintaining the
integrity of the ground through your outlets. Make sure that your HOT
(Black) wire goes into the proper position on the receptacle and maintain
that throughout each outlet or you risk electrocution. Each outlet has a
HOT side and a Neutral side but sounds like you already have that down.
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I have the hot/neutral stuff down :). I've probably forgotten more about
electricity then most electricians will ever know. However, having said
that, I know squat about building codes. I decided to run a short wire from
the ground screw of the receptacle and use a wirenut to bind that to the two
ground wires running through the box. I gather that doing it that way meets
code, and it will probably work almost as well though I'll be the first to
admit I don't like using wire nuts, even if it is the time honored way to
wire houses. I've seen too many get hot because the connection wasn't as
good as it should/could have been.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, December 23, 2006 6:23 PM
Subject: Re: House wiring question.
Ye Gads! I guess you learn something every day. I'm not an electrician
and I've always just worked on my own house, but I've never twisted the
wires first. However, I have always made sure that the wires are
securely fastened in the connector. The good news is that 20-years
later, I haven't had any problems. The bad news is that you've given me
yet another thing to worry about, but thanks anyway.
I have a DIY home wiring book that says all you need to do is push the
wires in the nut and twist. But, I prefer to twist the wires before
putting the nut on. The nut seems to grab better and I know if the nut
were to somehow come off that I would still have a good solid
connection. Plus I find the wires are easier to work with when they're
twisted. Just a personal preference of mine.
For some reason, people usually leave that bit out. They seem to
consider "you don't have to" to mean "DON'T".
"The government of the United States is not, in
any sense, founded on the Christian religion."
-- George Washington
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