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If the common in your house is grounded, as it should be in the older wiring systems it should work unless the refridgerator is only grounded through the ground lug. If that is the case AND you know the house is wired correctly throughout, ie no wires switched in any switch or outlet, you can ground the common at the fridge. BEWARE! If one outlet or switch is wired backwards and you do this you will get zapped when you touch the refridgerator.

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Most new window units have a ground fault circuit. More than likely, the outlet you are using is Not grounded or the Neutral and Hot side are reversed. They make a tester you can purchase at most home improvement stores. I would go buy one and test the outlet. You could have other outlets with the same problem. You have to use a 3 wire outlet. Large side of outlet=neutral, small side of outlet=hot, round or arched hole=earth ground.

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I am trying to install the light/outlet combo into my 80 year old bathroom. The outlet box only has 1 black wire and 1 white wire which come down from the top of the other wires are available

If the wiring is BX cable (that is, the two wires are inside a flexible metal jacket that looks like a fat coil spring) (you would see the end of the metal jacket inside the box), and the box is metal, then the box is already grounded and you can install a jumper wire from the box to the ground terminal on the outlet. You might have to add a screw to the box. But if you don't have a grounded box, then the right thing to do is to rewire it all the way back to the main panel. On the other hand, if you simply skip the ground wire, the switch and outlet will work but they will be a little more dangerous than before because now you will have what LOOKS like a grounded outlet, but isn't. By the way, you should be using a ground fault protected outlet in a bathroom.
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I have an ungrounded outlet. There is no easy way to ground it conventionally. Close by is a grounded outlet on another circuit. Can I jump a ground wire from the grounded outlet to the ungrounded...

First are you sure the other outlet is actually grounded?
Article 250.130 (C) Non grounding Receptacle Replacement or Branch Circuit extensions.
The equipment grounding conductor of a grounding-type receptacle or a branch-circuit extension shall be permitted to be connect to any of the following.
(1) Any accessible point on the grounding electrode system as described in 250.50
(2) Any accessible pint on the grounding electrode conductor
(3) The equipment grounding terminal bar within the enclosure where the branch circuit for that receptacle or branch circuit originates.
(4) For grounded systems, the grounded service conductor within the service equipment enclosure.
(5) For ungrounded systems, the grounding terminal bar within the service equipment enclosure.
Or you can see 406.3(D) replacing with a ground fault receptacle

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Where does ground wire go

Hi there, If you can give me a little more information, I'd appreciate it. However, I'm going to give it my best shot to see if I can answer what I believe you're looking for. If you're talking about the outlet (receptacle) that you're plugging your appliance into, then the ground (green) wire, or screw on the bottom of the outlet is where you want to connect your third (ground) wire to. If you just have two wires coming off your outlet (receptacle) and can't find the third wire. Then you'd ground or connect a wire to the inside of the box, and then tie with the ground (green) wire coming from the green ground screw on the outlet (receptacle). The problem with house wiring is, a majority of your older houses outlets aren't grounded. If you have a 3-prong outlet, then maybe yours is. But sometimes, people just change these out for convenience purposes. And lastly, if you're talking about the grounded wire in your appliance - look for a green (ground) screw, otherwise you want to connect this to (or around) a metal screw on the inner frame. A majority of your old appliances were never grounded. So bottom line is; your appliance should work with, or without your ground wire. It would be preferable if it was grounded. But for operating purposes, its not. I hope I was able to answer your question for you. If not, feel free to contact me again. Good Luck, Jim

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2006 Dodge Dakota - power outlet doesn't work. The #28 fuse checks fine.

Take a 12v test light and wrap the probe with electrical tape, leave about
1/4" exposed. With the key on, ground the test light wire and insert the
probe into the outlet and touch it to the center power contact. If the light
stays out and you have a good ground, you don't have +power at the
outlet. If the fuse is good, you may have a bad wire or socket. But if it
lights up, we go to the next step. Touch the probe to a known +power
source and ground the wire to the metal side in the outlet. If you don't
get light, check the ground for the outlet socket. Repair as needed.
If it lights up, then you know you have power and ground. Check the
plug on the device you're trying to use. I hope I was of some help.
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Fuses seem to be in tact but power outlet doesn't work. What next?

if the fuse is good, then remove the outlet and check for power and ground at the outlet. If they are both there, then you need to replace the outlet. Also sometimes the outlet won't get grounded off of the casing so it won't work, which you also need to replace the outlet. nine out of ten times you replace the outlet.

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Had a storm, blew all the breakers got the breakers re-set but now the coffee maker won't even start

Hi, W/D here.
Try something else in the outlet. Most kitchens have ground fault outlet circuits, so you may have a tripped outlet breaker. These type of circuits can come from the panel through a ground fault circuit breaker, or they can go to the first outlet on a run of outlets. If the first outlet is ground fault protected, the others on that same run are protected as well. If another device will work in your coffeemaker outlet, the coffeemaker is probably dead. If another device will not work in the outlet, and your coffeemaker will work in a known, good outlet, you'll need to look at all of the outlets in your kitchen and bathrooms for an outlet with a "test" and a "reset" button on it. If your outlet is on that circuit, you will need to push the reset button to restore power to your coffeemaker's outlet.
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No power in the two bathroom electric outlets.

What do you mean protected, if they where ground fault they have a test button,or the breaker
can be a ground fault, but it is a lot cheaper to buy the outlets. Call someone that knows electric,
because you need to check to see which outlet has power coming from the breaker,because this one
is probably bad, which will not allow any power continue on to the next outlet. Just say you were
going to do this yourself , you need a tester to make sure power is coming to the outlet.

You could buy a ground fault outlet and a regular outlet, but you have to make sure that the ground fault
is wired from the breaker, the power from the breaker, then the wire that Leeds from the ground fault
to the other outlet will also be protected, one ground fault can protect two other outlets that are connected to it in what is called a series. Unless you have a multimeter to test what needs to be tested
you should ask someone that knows electric. If you have any more questions please post back as everyone is more than happy to help. I don't feel comfortable trying to explain to you how to replace
the outlets, it can be dangerous and I would not want you to get hurt just to save a few dollars.

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