Originally Posted By: dbozek
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Is it a earth ground or a water bond? Granted, at the time this panel was constructed it met the code at the time, if it goes to a water pipe. But lets say it is going to a water pipe in the house and somewhere along the way of the copper piping the homeowner (either present or past), had some of the piping removed due to a leak or whatever, and plastic was put in it’s place. Does this then allow for good bonding? If this wire is in fact going to a water line in the house, it has to be within 5’ from where the water enters the house. Then there is no question as to whether there is a continuous path for it or not. The hot cold and gas lines on the h2o tank should also be bonded together. Also a water bond is not sufficeint protection if this house should sustain a lighting strike. The code requires a ground rod for today’s standards. The ground rod is connected to the neutral buss as is the water bond and it must be placed at the main. If I were to change this panel out, then both a earth ground and water bond would be required. This panel is “grandfathered” in for most cases. It was my only thought that for safety reasons it should be inspected for the proper grounding and bonding in today’s standards.
You could go around and ground every receptacle in your house but if there is no real path to ground, do you in fact have grounded receptacles?
All that is visible in the pics is a single #6 piece of bare copper, typically used for both grounding or bonding. As a sparky I would question this, as a HI I reckon there would not be a need to question it. #6 is sufficeint for a 100 amp service as well. For a 200 amp service I would jump to at least a #4.
Just trying to be helpful here. I'm available to check your panel out at $104 the first hour and $69 a hour after that ![icon_smile.gif](upload://b6iczyK1ETUUqRUc4PAkX83GF2O.gif)
By the way Robert and Joe.......this is the same ole Dennis. Just different username. I don't really see a difference in me either
I still hold the same respect for you guys as I always have, and I still look at things as a sparky would. I am still interested in HI work, but I have taken another avenue recently by pursuing my electrical safety inspector's license from the state. I apologize if I might appear different in some way but I am the same guy who used to post here in the past.