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Old 09-17-2014, 12:57 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by gbaglo View Post
I just went through a lot of rigamaroll to bond a sub panel because the electrical inspector noted it on the report for my insurance company. If you can't believe the professional, who can you believe?
No matter. I got the signatures and got my house insurance renewed.
When I was an inspector we were to call out the bonded sub panels.
The panels have a floating terminal strip to keep the ground and neutrals separate.

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Old 09-17-2014, 06:33 PM   #22
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There are a few situations where a sub panel must be bonded. Rare, but one example is an unattached garage wired before the 2008 NEC with 3 wire cable & no metal connections (pipe or conduit) to the house. A ground rod was driven & the panel bonded.

No longer allowed - 4 wire cable is now required (although some authorities still require a ground rod at the panel attached to the ground (not bonded to the neutral).

The rules for bonding/grounding are complex enough that the Mike Holt Forum (a good source for US NEC info) devotes an individual section to it.

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Old 09-17-2014, 07:11 PM   #23
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My house was built in 1940 and the living room ( where the sub panel is ) was the detached garage. I have a sunken living room ( but not in the conventional sense ). The wiring was done by Jimminy Cricket and his son ( previous owner ).

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