I noticed this evening that all the bulbs in my house are
dim and our portable heater is not working when plugged in. Maybe we are not getting enough electricity. What should I do
in this situation?
You may be experiencing a problem on the utility lines leading into your house,
or you might have a bad neutral or other loose connection inside your main service panel.
You can contact the utility
company and they will usually send out a crew to look at the incoming lines. Most of the time, there's no charge to you for
If the problem is not with the outside lines, then you may need to contact a licensed electrician to investigate
the problem further.
I have a 30 amp sub panel with no ground. Can I drive a ground
rod? Should the new ground wire be bonded to the main panel ground at the entrance?
Sub panels normally do not have a separate ground rod if they are located in the
same building. If it is in a separate building, you can install a supplemental ground rod, but the grounding conductor must
still be connected to the ground bus in the main panel, and the neutral conductors of all the branch circuits must be kept
separate from the grounding conductors.
I am bonding an already installed CSST gas line to my main electric
panel. I assume I connect the #6 bare copper wire to the ground bar in the panel, not the neutral bar. Is this correct? Any
The size of the ground wire is based on the size of the service entrance conductors
to the house. If you have a 100 amp service, then the #6 is fine; if it is larger (i.e. 200 amp) then you may need #4 copper
or larger. Coated or bare wire types are both acceptable for use. Grounding should be done at the panel that has the neutral
and grounds bonded together (such as a main service panel, as opposed to a sub panel).