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02:19AM | 01/08/02
Member Since: 09/10/00
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Origianlly we were going with plastic pipe for our water line, then someone fouled up and ended up delivering copper instead.

Is it still code to have to ground the
breaker to the copper pipe only or do I have to ground to the rod and the pipe?


06:45AM | 01/08/02
Member Since: 11/16/01
301 lifetime posts
Dear Corwyn,
That depends on the composition of the water main going into your house from the street. If it is plastic, you need to use the ground rod. If it is copper or galvanized, you can ground to the pipe line. However, check with your local codes as they still may vary.


02:41PM | 01/08/02
Member Since: 11/05/01
98 lifetime posts
Here in MA you would have to use the water pipe and also supplement that with a ground rod. The water pipe is a FAR better ground. If it were me I would make sure to install a copper water line for that reason.

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