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Re: Re: 3 wire verses 4 wire [question for jimbob]

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Posted by Willy-N on March 03, 2003 at 19:30:04 from (

In Reply to: Re: 3 wire verses 4 wire [question for jimbob] posted by Lazy Al on March 03, 2003 at 18:52:34:

Your ground rod realy is not much help all by it's self. You could not even run a small drill off it with a hot wire and the rod for the neutral. But with your ground rod and all the other ones on the grid and houses it makes for a good ground for the power company. It use is also to give stray voltage that may be in a device a easier path to ground then you would be. It also gives the breaker a way to short out since it is conected to the neutral back at the panel in case the hot wire comes in contact with the grounded pluming, grounded power tools or grounded devices. This is why it is important to have your metal pluming bonded to the grounding system. Think about it when you are in your tub or taking a shower!! Mark H.

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