Another way to ground house electrical system

Q. When a copper water pipe sprang some pinhole leaks on a weekend, and I couldn't reach a plumber, I shut off the water, mixed some fiberglass resin, and soaked it in matting. Then I wrapped the matting around the leaky pipe. Presto! No leaks. A plumber told me that a grounding wire attached to the pipe may have caused the leaks because of electrolysis. Is there any way to ground an electrical system other than using a water pipe?

Henry B. Dunseith, Mattapoisett, Mass.

A. The pinhole leaks could also have been triggered by imperfection in the pipe. There are light-gauge as well as heavier gauges of copper pipe. Naturally, the heavier the gauge, the better the pipe.

What type of copper pipe do you have in your house? Is it L, K, or other? Your method of stopping the leaks was ingenious, plumber or no plumber.

While it is infrequently used on dwellings but is common with larger commercial, institutional, and industrial buildings, a rod, often bronze, is driven into the soil for an electrical ground.

That is at least one alternative for grounding the electrical system.

About these ads
Sponsored Content by LockerDome

We want to hear, did we miss an angle we should have covered? Should we come back to this topic? Or just give us a rating for this story. We want to hear from you.

Loading...

Loading...

Loading...

Save for later

Save
Cancel

Saved ( of items)

This item has been saved to read later from any device.
Access saved items through your user name at the top of the page.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You reached the limit of 20 saved items.
Please visit following link to manage you saved items.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You have already saved this item.

View Saved Items

OK