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    Question Aerial Ground Wire to house Severed, now what?

    Electrician came to do walk-through of house to start replacing light fixtures, put in new outlets, etc. Showed him where I would like an outside outlet installed and he noticed a wire hanging free from side of house.

    He called in the Ground Wire/Triplext Wire. Said it hits my cold water pipe to keep house grounded. He asked how long it has been like this and I shared about 4 weeks. He shared I needed to get it fixed as soon as possible as I run the risk of shock showering, doing laundry, etc. He would not touch my junction box as he said it was too dangerous.

    Should I be alarmed? I called my local borough electric and they said they would have an on-call technician call me; that was 4 hours ago. Hrumph.

    (I am a new homeowner and slightly confused. Advise welcome.)

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    Default Re: Aerial Ground Wire to house Severed, now what?

    Quote Originally Posted by stacyk View Post
    Electrician came to do walk-through of house to start replacing light fixtures, put in new outlets, etc. Showed him where I would like an outside outlet installed and he noticed a wire hanging free from side of house.

    He called in the Ground Wire/Triplext Wire. Said it hits my cold water pipe to keep house grounded. He asked how long it has been like this and I shared about 4 weeks. He shared I needed to get it fixed as soon as possible as I run the risk of shock showering, doing laundry, etc. He would not touch my junction box as he said it was too dangerous.

    Should I be alarmed? I called my local borough electric and they said they would have an on-call technician call me; that was 4 hours ago. Hrumph.

    (I am a new homeowner and slightly confused. Advise welcome.)
    He may have called it a Triplex service drop.
    I would be concerned enough to call the tec every hour or so. That is why you pay taxes. {If you have your power purchased wholesale by your town, then sold to you and your neighbors, that is**.
    It also would seem that your house has a properly grounded system in place, as your have working lights & outlets, etc.
    You should have a ground rod & water pipe connection system in place providing a ground. But that is just a theory from here. Pester the heck out of the guy though.

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