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  • Any tips on fixing an outlet with an open ground?

    I had my basement finished by a renovator in the fall, overall he did a good job, though I'm planning to put in a new outlet so I started testing the circuits in my basement with a plug tester. I've located the last outlet in the circuit, though I'm finding that it has an open ground. The outlet before that one in the circuit has a good connection to ground, so I know the problem lies somewhere between those two points. All the wiring is 14-2 Romex, and the copper ground wire appears to have good contact in the outlets. Any advice?

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    Re: Any tips on fixing an outlet with an open ground?

    Go to the next to the last outlet and make sure the ground wire is connected there also.

    G3

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    • #3
      Re: Any tips on fixing an outlet with an open ground?

      Many times contractors will rely on the screws in the back of the box to propigate the ground. I always twist them together.

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      • #4
        Re: Any tips on fixing an outlet with an open ground?

        I'll take a look at the screws on the outlets when I get home. Is it possible that there might be a break in the ground wire within the Romex sheath?

        As a side note, just saw that a whole bunch of Home Improvement books were recalled due to incorrect diagrams that could potentially create safety and fire hazards. http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10104.html

        The scary thing is that one of the publications dates back to 1975. I wonder what the diagram error is and why it's gone unnoticed for so long.

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