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Old, no ground systems #3978 09/02/01 11:54 AM
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Anyne remember on the old 2 wire systems, what they called the white wire with no 3rd wire ground? Neutral or ground?


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Re: Old, no ground systems #3979 09/02/01 12:11 PM
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I'm figuring you're talking about branch circuits. It was neutral. Some called it common. I'm not old enough to have seen any DC.
I sure wish the NEC would call this a "veeblefetser" or something. It confuses the heck out of most of the help when you start talking grounded and grounding conductors.
(BTW veeblefetser is from 1960-MAD magazine)

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Re: Old, no ground systems #3980 09/02/01 01:16 PM
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Originally posted by aldav53:
Anyne remember on the old 2 wire systems, what they called the white wire with no 3rd wire ground? Neutral or ground?

In those days the wires were the same color. I saw one in warren, Ohio recently, two fuses on a porcilein block and a disconnect nearby. It was in the attic and attached to the roof and it was still well 'dressed in'even by todays standards it was a really neat looking job and was probably installed circa 1903, accordingly; the grounded system came into being around 1913. As far as your question I would think it would be a grounded conductor although then they fused both sides, so who knows?


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