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Re: [Shop-talk] Should I ground a floor lamp?

To: Jim Franklin <>
Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] Should I ground a floor lamp?
From: Jeff Scarbrough <>
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2016 09:22:44 -0400
Cc: "" <>
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There are tens of millions of these in use all over, and I expect that
none of them have an equipment grounding conductor.  There doesn't
seem to be any widespread problem...

Just make sure to use a polarized plug (check your house wiring if
necessary), and exercise due care when wiring the socket.  (Hot wire
to the center, neutral to the shell, but you knew that.)

I have been known to solder the bare conductors in a hook shape so no
strands go awry when I tighten the screw - but even that is probably

Jeff Scarbrough
Corrosion Acres, Ga.

On Sat, Aug 20, 2016 at 2:01 PM, Jim Franklin <> wrote:
> I'm rewiring an old lamp and the engineer in me says I should ground the 
> frame in case the socket goes awry. There's currently no conductivity between 
> the neutral part of the socket and the frame/pole (isolated by a cardboard 
> sleeve), so if the hot touches the frame it will become hot.
> Paranoid or common sense? Any reason not to?
> thanks,
> jim
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