What is the main difference between Ground and Neutral?

BillB3857

Joined Feb 28, 2009
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If you are talking about the AC in your house, Neutral carries the return current from whatever you are operating. Ground is the safety wire to carry any current resulting from a fault in the device you are operating. Do a search. This has been discussed so many times with so many ways of explaining it.
 

inwo

Joined Nov 7, 2013
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That's a good short explanation.

I also like the "code" definition.

Shorter yet.:D

Neutral (wire)= grounded conductor.

Ground (wire)= grounding conductor.
 

MaxHeadRoom

Joined Jul 18, 2013
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In terms of the common AC supply they are considered to be at the same potential, one main distinction is that neutral is considered a current carrying conductor whereas the ground should never intentionally be used as as such.
Max.
 

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#12

Joined Nov 30, 2010
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Don't get too technical on this one. This is a school question. See Homework section for, "Which one is the best system... 60Hz or 50Hz."
 

ErnieM

Joined Apr 24, 2011
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In terms of the common AC supply they are considered to be at the same potential, one main distinction is that neutral is considered a current carrying conductor whereas the ground should never intentionally be used as as such.

Max.
This one should have a sticky !!!

 

BillB3857

Joined Feb 28, 2009
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Talking about swinging the lead...... I forgot to retract the trailing wire antenna (150' of copper clad steel wire with a 5 lb lead weight) only once. What a mess of wire on the runway when we landed. No telling how many gooney birds I wiped out.
 
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