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    Default No ground wire

    The new lamppost top I purchased does not have a ground wire, but the electricity coming from the post does, what should I do to ground

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    Default Re: No ground wire

    There should be at least a grounding screw on the lamp body for the ground wire to attach .
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    Default Re: No ground wire

    That's hard to believe, especially for a new post right out the box. Are you sure you didn't overlook? check the box again. Could you have purchased a box that was returned to the store?

    Option 2: return to the store and ask for an exchange.

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    Default Re: No ground wire

    if the lamp isnt steel this might make sense, if metal something isnt adding up!

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    Default Re: No ground wire

    If its all plastic or glass or fiberglass, I'm not sure if it needs a ground. Why would it? There's nothing to ground.

    But yes, if it's metal... check the instructions. But it should have a ground or a screw or lug to attach a ground wire to.
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    Default Re: No ground wire

    An outside lamp post should be protected by a GFCI, in my opinion a ground wire would add virtually no protection.

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    Default Re: No ground wire

    Quote Originally Posted by JLMCDANIEL View Post
    An outside lamp post should be protected by a GFCI, in my opinion a ground wire would add virtually no protection.

    Jack
    May be it "should be"but it is not required tobe.

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