How to Install Ground Wiring

Ground wiring regulates the power coming into your home to prevent electrical surges.

Installing ground wiring can be an easy process with the right tools and some knowledge of electricity.Installing ground wiring can be an easy process with the right tools and some knowledge of electricity.
Ground wiring protects the electrical system and components in the house. Without ground wiring, nothing will work; and if you try to use something without it, it will overheat and cause an electrical surge. Installing ground wiring can be a simple process as long as you have the right tools and a working knowledge of electricity.

Turn off the main breaker at the electrical pole. Attach the new ground wire to the ground wire at the main electrical shut off outside with electrical screws and a flat head screwdriver.

Measure from the electrical pole to the ground wire for the house with a tape measure. Leave yourself 2 feet of ground wire at each end for easy connections.

Dig a 4 to 6-inch trench from the pole to the house. You will bury the ground wire in the trench after installing it Use the tape measure to measure the PVC pipe. You will need to run the ground wire through the pipe to keep it out of the weather.

Cut the wires with wire cutters. Clean the wires by grabbing the wires with the wire cutters and gently pulling on them. Connect the ground wire running from the electrical pole to the main breaker in the house.

Turn the main breaker back on. Check to make sure the 110 and 220 voltage is working properly with an electrical tester.

Turn off the breaker once you know everything is working properly. Bury the ground wiring that is running from the pole to the house. Turn the breaker back on to complete the installation.

Things You Will Need

  • Electrical screws
  • Flat head screwdriver
  • Ground wiring
  • Tape measure
  • Shovel
  • 3/4-inch PVC pipe
  • Wire cutters
  • Electrical tape
  • Electrical tester


  • Always make sure the electricity is turned off before working on the wiring.

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Marissa Wilson has been writing articles for various websites since 2008. She attended Buckeye Local High School and plans to expand her education soon.