Ground wire length too small.

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bootloader9800

Joined Jan 12, 2021
79
Hello all!
I was installing an appliance a few days ago. The appliance manual told me to hook the ground wire around a certain green screw. The problem is that the ground wire broke and is falling short by about 6 inches.

Can I just take a copper wire and attach one side of it to the ground wire and the other side to the green screw?
If yes, what gauge, material, kind of wire should I use?

I live in the US.
Thanks for the replies!
 

MrChips

Joined Oct 2, 2009
26,134
What is the appliance?
What is the voltage, current, wattage rating of the appliance?
What is the wire size of the existing ground wire?

Theoretically, there should be no current flowing in the ground wire.
#16-18 AWG solid or stranded wire will do in most situations.
 

Ya’akov

Joined Jan 27, 2019
5,668
If you use the same gauge as the existing ground wire it will be fine. Make sure your splice is mechanically and electrically secure.
 

rsjsouza

Joined Apr 21, 2014
353
@MrChips questions are quite pertinent, since the requirements depend on the type of appliance and its application (industrial, medical, high power things are much more stringent).

Given the ground wire is a protective connection, you must guarantee the connection is very well done, mechanically robust and with an appropriately sized gauge - the same or thicker wehn compared to the existing wire will be enough.
 

dl324

Joined Mar 30, 2015
14,480
Can I just take a copper wire and attach one side of it to the ground wire and the other side to the green screw?
If yes, what gauge, material, kind of wire should I use?
Use the same gauge and type of wire. You can use a wire nut or a crimp connector. Tradesmen call the connector a 410.
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Thread Starter

bootloader9800

Joined Jan 12, 2021
79
What is the appliance?
What is the voltage, current, wattage rating of the appliance?
What is the wire size of the existing ground wire?

Theoretically, there should be no current flowing in the ground wire.
#16-18 AWG solid or stranded wire will do in most situations.
Ty 4 the reply.

The appliance is an InSinkErator Badger 5XL Non-corded 1/2-HP Continuous Feed Garbage Disposal

Voltage (Volts):120
Amperage (Amps): 6.3
Wattage: Unavailable
Disposal Horsepower 1/2-HP

Wire size of the existing ground wire is unknown.

The old and new appliance are the same exact model/company etc.

Thank you
 
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