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Old 09-02-2011, 07:07 AM   #1
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Grounding gauges in helm station.

I'm re-installing my helm station gauges in a new panel along with some new gauges and switches. The original gauges that required a ground were all daisy chained together with a ground wire. I'd like to add a ground busbar under the panel*and run the grounds to the common busbar and eliminate the daisy chaining. I believe it will make a cleaner installation.

Anyone see a problem with that?
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Old 09-02-2011, 07:28 AM   #2
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RE: Grounding gauges in helm station.

I did that when I replaced the instruments in my upper station.* But only after I had them daisy chained together and couldn't get consistent readings with the lower station. Individual grounds fixed that and the upper & lower instruments match exactly now.

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Old 09-02-2011, 08:01 AM   #3
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RE: Grounding gauges in helm station.

The buss bar is the only way to go.
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RE: Grounding gauges in helm station.

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The buss bar is the only way to go.
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Old 09-02-2011, 10:30 AM   #5
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RE: Grounding gauges in helm station.

Not only is it not a problem, but it will eliminate many potential problems. The only reason builders don't do this is cost. We redid ours this way recently. Chuck
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Old 09-03-2011, 04:33 AM   #6
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RE: Grounding gauges in helm station.

Best way to install most anything is with an eye on installing the NEXT version.

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