How to run voltage on a steel rod

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by RoboticFan87, Oct 1, 2009.

  1. RoboticFan87

    Thread Starter Member

    Sep 12, 2009
    Hey guys,

    I was wondering if anybody can help me out with this one.

    I took out a small steel rod. the one you usually find in a 3-rod cable and the third one is ground. So i took that out (ground rod) and i want to install it somewhere and run +5V through it. In other words, i want that rod to conduct voltage to whatever object its installed in. Does that make sense? :S

    Thank you in advance
  2. beenthere

    Retired Moderator

    Apr 20, 2004
    Are you sure of the metal and the cable? Can you expand on -
    Is it possible you are talking about 14/3 or 12/3 romex?
  3. RoboticFan87

    Thread Starter Member

    Sep 12, 2009
    I have attached a pic of the cable that im talking about. You can see the ground rod. So i took that out and i was wondering if i can use it for my object and let it conduct voltage?

    (I know its a simple question im a software guy :D)

  4. blueroomelectronics

    AAC Fanatic!

    Jul 22, 2007
    Yes the earth/ground pin is a good conductor. Do you have a multimeter?