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Connecting a Water Softener

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I recently installed a new water softener. I hooked everything up properly, no leaks, and everything seemed to be working great.

When I took a shower, and was standing in water (obviously), and touched metal I got a little buzz on my hand. Didn't hurt, but was surprising to say the least. I knew it was something with the ground.

I went to the local hardware store and bought 6 gauge copper wire and 2 clamps and connected the "in" and "out" pipes.

I am still getting a buzz in the shower.

Any Ideas?

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The best idea I can come up with is to have an electrician check your system. Are your water lines properly grounded? I'm not an electrician and I don't have a code book handy but there are specifics about grounding the water.

Bob

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Any other ideas... my brother in law is an electrician but cant make it over for a few days.

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Is your house older? Back when the common ground was hooked to plumbing pipe?

If so you should install a 6-8 ft ground rod and ground to it.The whole house should use a ground rod.

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I'm not sure that this would affect anything but is the outlet that you plugged the water softener in to a grounded outlet?

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Do you have an electric water heater? It is not uncommon for one of the electric elements to foul with scale and mineral deposits and cause a ground. If your water pipes are not properly grounded you complete the circuit to earth ground when you touch something metal.

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Are we sure this is connected to the water softener at all? Did it start when you plugged that in? If you unplug that do you still get it?

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