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Old 02-21-2010, 06:17 PM   #1
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Would the element/brew pot be sufficiently grounded if I epoxied my ground wire to the spot show in the picture below? I think it would be but I'd like additional opinions. Thanks.




 
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Old 02-21-2010, 06:23 PM   #2
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i don't know how conductive your epoxy is. i would recommend soldering or welding it on there.



 
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Old 02-21-2010, 06:26 PM   #3
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The wire just has to be in contact with the actual metal. Looks like you to need to grind off some paint first.

 
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Old 02-21-2010, 06:30 PM   #4
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Gluing on a ground does not seem like good practice to me...you really want a mechanical connection. You can drill a hole and put a ground screw at the location shown, or even wrapping the ground wire around the lug prior to installing would be far better than glue.

Rather than a plastic box...you could use a metal one and ground to that, assuming you have ground b/w the box and element.


 
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Old 02-21-2010, 07:09 PM   #5
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Since your element is connected to your kettle, why not ground the kettle?

 
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Old 02-21-2010, 07:20 PM   #6
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Since your element is connected to your kettle, why not ground the kettle?
Well, I was trying to avoid drilling another hole in my kettle but that does seem like the best idea aside from drilling and tapping a hole for a ground screw in my element. Grounding to the kettle would be much cheaper for me.

 
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Old 02-21-2010, 07:35 PM   #7
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Good quality SS hose clamp with bolt & nut through the band. Then tighten that around the element hex thingy. Works well on my RIMS element.

 
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Old 02-21-2010, 08:57 PM   #8
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I drilled and tapped a 4-40 screw into one of faces of the flange bolt right where your arrow points. I took the ground wire and soldered a tab to it that i could screw in.

Easy and looks great.

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Old 02-21-2010, 10:33 PM   #9
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Add a washer flush to the top surface of the nut with a quick Mig weld then thru bolt with a 10-32 or 10-24 screw. Use a crimped lug and ground wire. The elements grounded directly to itself vs relying on the element contact to the kettle plus a hole in the kettle to ground.
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Old 02-21-2010, 10:37 PM   #10
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I thought the element contacted the kettle via the water if not metal to metal.



 
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