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Partially Exposed Ground Wire

Discussion in 'Electrical Engineering' started by ..::Daemon::.., Sep 30, 2004.

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  1. I just had to install a set of new exterior lighting fixtures to the front
    of my garage after one blew off and broke during the hurricane.

    The installation seemed simple enough....except it appears that the copper
    ground wire for one of the fixtures could potentially be exposed to
    rain/moisture because I was not able to get the fixture flush up against the
    wall as well as I'd like to properly cover it. Kind of hard to explain, but
    if you look to the lower left or under the fixture plate cover, you can see
    the wire. It's not like its sticking directly out from under the plate.
    However, the hot & neutral wires seem to be protected just fine.

    Technically speaking, should I be concerned about this and try to reinstall
    the fixture for a better mount? More to the this not a safe
    situation (can it cause a short or burn my house down)? If it's safe I'd
    just assume leave it because it's not noticeable until you come within
    inches of the fixture and actually inspect the installation.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Hello

    Nothing to worry about. If your still concerned , try putting some clear
    silicone caulking around the base of your fixture. Or choose a color to
    match your siding.
    There is no danger of it causing a problem.
  3. There is no danger of it causing a problem.

    Great!! Thank you for the reassurance, Ron.
  4. SQLit

    SQLit Guest

    Line voltage should be buried at least 12 inches or in conduit. Low voltage
    does not matter.
  5. Louis Bybee

    Louis Bybee Guest

    If he "buried" the wire to the fixture on the front wall of his garage 12"
    deep wouldn't that place the wire well within the useable space inside the
    garage? ;-]

  6. I would like to see u in a rubber suit, young man.

    Ted Rubberford.

    "The Man In The Rubber Suit"
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