grounding for generator?

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by Truc Do, Dec 3, 2014.

  1. Truc Do

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    Dec 3, 2014
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    We do have generators for construction sites. My question is "should we ground the generators for safety reasons?" as I think when the generator is on "float" the leakage current cannot go back to its source and it is safer.
    Appreciate your explanation and clarification.
    Thanks,

    Truc Do
     
  2. alfacliff

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    a ground would be better than none for safety. how can you guarentee nothing will ground wrong?
     
  3. #12

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    Let me say that in a longer way: If YOU ground it, everybody will know it's grounded and damaged cables will blow a fuse. If you leave it ungrounded, your crew will only find out a cable got damaged after it hurts somebody.

    A welder has no ground, but its cables are short enough to be aware of at all times. A construction site is too big and too busy for anyone to know every wire is not damaged by yesterdays work crew.
     
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