Converting light socket to outlet, what do I do with ground


I'm swapping out a light socket for some outlets in the garage, and the ground wire is running through a little clip in the box, with some extra coming out from there, not enough to hit my green screw on the outlet though. Wondering what to do with it, figured the options are:

  • Disconnect ground from the box and connect it to the green pole on my outlet.
  • Leave ground attached to box and splice extra length to reach green pole.
  • Ignore ground on outlet (assume this is a bad idea).

Here's what I'm working with:

Receptacle front
Receptacle back
Ground Wire on box
Tighter shot of ground wire connection

Which of the first two options is proper, or something else altogether?

Best Answer

The proper thing to do here would be to free the wire from that clip and then wire nut that bare copper wire with two additional bare copper wire pigtails. Green wire nut would be ideal. One of the pigtails will go to the green screw on the outlet assembly. The other bare wire pigtail needs to be connected to the box. It is unknown if the clip can be used again so barring any judgement I would look to see if the electrical box has a pre-threaded hole in the back. The threaded hole is intended to accommodate a green box grounding screw. Get one and use it to attach the second bare pigtail to the back of the box. The picture below shows what appears to be the pre-threaded grounding hole in your box.

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