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Ground Wires - Electricity???

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This has nothing to do with survival or prepping.


So on this house we have a contract on, we're supposed to close the 30th. There were some items our home inspector brought to our attention that we went to the sellers with to have them fix. One item was that the CSST propane tube on the furnace was not grounded or bonded.


I know very little about this subject. But, the inspector said and wrote in the report that an ungrounded CSST tube on a furnace could become electrified in a lightening strike. His recommendation was to have the CSST grounded by a licensed electrician.


The seller paid to have it done and we saw the finished work yesterday. There is an uninsulated copper wire bonded to the furnace area (not sure what it's called) and the uninsulated copper wire runs up to the basement ceiling and it runs along the wooden floor joists. Then it runs outside the house next to where the propane line comes into the house. All in all there is probably 10+ feet of uninsulated copper wire running inside the home.


At the exterior near the propane inlet, the uninsulated copper wire is bent down toward the ground about 12". It is not buried, but instead it runs about another 10' along the bottom edge of the vinyl siding to the place on the garage at which the home's electrical panel is. The wire is fully visible along the bottom edge of the vinyl. At the exterior of the garage where the electrical comes into the house, the uninsulated copper ground wire attaches to the grounding rod. I should also add that the wire runs underneath and touches the metal lip on the threshold of a side door of the garage.


1. Is it normal for ground wire to be uninsulated both inside and outside a home?

2. Is it normal for a ground wire to not be buried if it has to run so far to get to the grounding rod?

3. Is it normal for so long of a ground wire to be used on an exterior without adding a new, second grounding rod?


I sent an email to our home inspector late last night and haven't heard back yet.

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MommyLiberty sorry but I had to run and forgot to resume the post but it is normal to run bare wire

It has to be a certain size for its use to ground a specific appliance.


The only time it would ever have voltage is a lightning strike or a short from the appliance itself.

In other words it never carries voltage unless a disaster happens then it sends the voltage away from a possible danger area and directs it to "earth" or ground.

never mess with it.


Without a ground electricity finds the path of least resistance and if you are between the live conductor (wire with voltage)  and neutral or ground or a path to ground wet floor, earth, metal on a appliance or anything that will conduct electricity it can kill or injure.

Nothing to worry about as long as everything is dry and in good condition be cautious when a water leak from an appliance

better to go to the electrical panel and shut off the MAIN breaker that shuts off all power you can check but still some times the original owner could have wired off a separate circuit so if you flip the breaker for that room does not mean it is not fed from another area porch lights are notorious I have seen them wired alone through the attic light & door bell  hell never trust electricity

/ electrical appliances or lights a loose socket even with a tester will show no voltage and move it and now its HOT !


use 3 prong plugs use GFI plugs in outside or possible wet areas like bathrooms and outside


a plug tester costs a few bucks it has LED lights that show if the circuit is properly connected, if there is ever a question it is cheap assurance.


Electrical Receptacle Wall Plug AC Outlet Ground Tester

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