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No ground wire in the house...

Hello everyone,

I recently bought alle the equipment needed to ground/bond myself, only there's one problem. The room I rent doesnt have a ground wire in the sockets...

Now im wondering if theres a solution that doesn't involve rewiring the entire house (my landlord is never going to do that).

I've read some stuff online with people talking about literally laying a wire to the 'earth', or connecting a wire to an water pipe.

Are there any big negatives to something like that?

Please note this'll only be used for ESD purposes, no high current devices.

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FYI if you have three-prong outlets in your place the round one should be earth ground. Assuming the place you live is wired correctly.

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That is the issue here. The outlets dont have a ground wire.

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I had the same problems with the wiring and that's why I couldn't proceed any reparation works at all. There were constantly knocked out corks and turning off the electricity. So, be careful with it, there also as can be a voltage difference between neutral and any exterior ground that you use and of all the electricity is a dangerous thing. Thanks for sharing, I also find some useful information according to this topic on https://houseseek.com.au/blog/ . But honestly, when we renovated our village house I was very afraid of my experience with wiring and in the end, I called some specialist to help me.

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Yes, you can use a metal water pipe that ties to the main water line exiting the building. While you may have a metal pipe in your kitchen the buildings water line might be plastic!

Clean off any paint or oxide build up where you plan to connect. You’ll likely want to get a heave gage Green colored wire (not bare wire) a pipe clamp to clamp the wire to on the pipe. Run the wire near an outlet carefully use a DVM set to measure voltage between each of the outlet connections (into the slot) and your ground wire. One of the slots should allow you to read off your buildings voltage (120/220 volts AC) the other slot may still have some voltage (10 volts or less) this is leakage. If you are getting more then some device in the building is sorted to ground. This is one of the risks with older two prong outlets as the polarity of the outlet may not be wired correctly or the device does not have a polarized plug!

FYI - You may want to find out what the regulations are for renting buildings which still have older two prog outlets. Some towns have requirements for renters. And we are not talking about just replacing the outlet and not connecting the ground leg.

Many hardware stores have Outlet Testers you may want to get one and a 3 prong to 2 prong adapter which is polarized that way you can make sure the wiring of your rental unit is properly wired (two wire are correctly polarized) and if you find a 3 prong outlet see if its wired to ground in some fashion (the work box its in maybe grounded, just missing the leg to the outlet).

Now the last part here is you’ll want to mount the free end of your wire in a plastic box with an RCA phono plug outlet so your strap can be connected to. If you have a mat take the lead it offers and attach a phono plug so you can plug it in. You want the ground wire isolated so it can’t be touched directly. Your mat wire and/or wrist strap have a resistor in them to protect you from electrical shock in case you are working on something live (not a good idea in any case). Lastly, many mats have a snap to attach the wrist strap so you only need one connection. I also recommend you take the time to test your ground connection to make sure something doesn’t get disconnected.

Common Point Ground Connection

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I myself very rarely use a esd bracelet . I have a rubberized work bench and the floor in my work area is concrete . I'm in a basement which also means the room has a good amount of humidity. That said I have worked where esd is a problem and good safety precautions are to always touch the metal case of the computer or device your working on often as your working or use a strap grounded to the case. This wiki may help

https://www.wikihow.com/Ground-Yourself-...

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I used to be like you, than I zapped an customers iPad Pro...

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Have the wiring checked. In many cases, the box itself is grounded which means that you can run a wire from the outlet cover screw as the ground. If not, be careful as there can be a voltage difference between neutral and any exterior ground that you use.

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If your room is on the first floor you could drive a long rod into the ground and connect to that.

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I had to do this once. I rented an apartment which was above someone's garage. Consequently, it was easy to access the bottom side of the floor. I drilled a hole in the floor where I wanted to put a grounded outlet, ran a wire out and down, then connected it to a grounding rod I had put in the ground.

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