An electrical wiring puzzle

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  1. jigwashere

    jigwashere Mobile Deity

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    I've always lived in older homes where the ground was through the armored conduit. Only 2 wires passed through the conduit. As long as the conduit was continuous and didn't have some kind of break (rare), it served as a perfectly adequate ground. To add a 3-wire outlet, I simply pigtailed a ground wire to the outlet box. It tested fine and passed inspection.
     
  2. r0k

    r0k Dazed

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    Yep, you did right. Conduit that goes back to the fuse panel is a valid ground.
     
  3. PDA Bach

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    In my case there's no conduit--it's NM. My previous owner was, simply, an @$$ who cut every corner he could.

    Anyway, don't get me started. I still haven't figured out how to fix all the phone mis-wirings, and I've done more plumbing than should have been necessary. Grrr.

    At least I'm in good company.:)
     
  4. WyreNut

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    A little knowledge is a dangerous thing PDAB.... N'est-ce pas?

    WyreNut
     
  5. PDA Bach

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    Vraiment, WyreNut.
    I can tolerate sloppy workmanship, but my dander really gets up when I and my family are put in danger.
     
  6. hal

    hal itchy and cold feet hal

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    PDAB, why don't you like fishing wires?
     
  7. JRakes

    JRakes NOT your Average Joe

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    He's afraid Bluefish will pop up unexpectedly.
     
  8. jigwashere

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    :) It's a lot easier to fish wires through hollow walls like in the US rather than chisel a channel in poured cement or block walls in Mexico! :)
     
  9. hal

    hal itchy and cold feet hal

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    <Ah, again with the American idioms>

    Thanks again, Jig! So that's how you call it. I thought that it was about moving a tapewire (sort of fishing) throughout cable conduits. Think it takes a guy that knows both cultures to translate :)
     
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