Problems related to the connection of circuits to ground or earth references. Can affect safety, accuracy, reliability and interfacing.

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TV Arcs with Cablebox through both Coax and HDMI [migrated]

So at first glance this may appear to be a non EE-Stack Exchange issue however, I hope that you embrace this issue as I have. As a scientist. Here is our setup Outlet in older house that was ...
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Grounding in buildings

I'm not sure if I understand the concept of grounding correctly. Suppose I live in an apartment's 10th floor. Now the main panel is installed in the 1st floor of the building, and I want to setup a ...
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Repairing (possible) earthing/ground issue in computer PSU? [on hold]

I've got a computer that will no longer power on. It used to be willing to power on quite randomly, and ran fine when it did. I'm not an electronics savvy person, but i've done a manual check on the ...
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How should I connect AGND and DGND

I have been reading about grounding in a mixed signal systems. Do I get it correct that it is best to group analog and digital elements and then have a single ground plane, as long as the digital ...
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Reason of multiple GND and VCC on an IC

What is the reason that most of ICs (e.g. MCU) has multiple (A/D)GND and (A)VCC pins? If it is to increase performance of an IC, how does it help to performance? or is it easier for the IC designer ...
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How to reduce objects/hands impact on PCB antenna efficiency

I am trying to learn about planar inverted F antennas creation and have designed two different designs for two different frequencies with success. One seems pretty much unaffected by the proximity of ...
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Can I use a double insulated power supply with a metal framed sculpture with LEDs

I have built a tree shaped wire framed sculpture with LED lighting. The LEDs each have a positive supply to the anode via an insulated wire and resistor, and the cathodes are connected directly to the ...
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Are earth-grounding mats (designed for connecting humans to earth-ground) effective and safe? [migrated]

A friend of mine is considering the purchase of a so-called "earth-grounding mat", sold by the website < earthing-dot-com >. If you watch the 2-minute introductory video on the site, you will see ...
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Routing Audio Ground - needed or not?

I'm trying to build a guitar pedal switcher (efectively a box that provides multiple effect loops that can be independently bypassed from a single microprocessor) and while building a working ...
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Is it advisable to try to discover a place to make a ground connection on a board with a separate AC power supply?

I am building a device consisting of a microcontroller (an Arduino mini) attached to various output devices, which will be triggered using a wireless doorbell receiver. The receiver is a single board ...
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How to rectify the power line for leakage current based electrical shocks? [duplicate]

In May 2014, I had purchased Samsung LCD TV with two pin mains cord. I used to get electric shock like feeling when I touched the metal body part of it or the HDMI port (any other connected ungrounded ...
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Grounding with a battery-powered differential amplifier

I have made a simple battery powered instrumentation amplifier (based on the AD8429 chip) for some very low noise measurements. The rough circuit diagram is below. Note that the BNC input is ...
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Does the following power supply configuration make my device a safe and legal PELV appliance?

A small disclaimer up front: I am fully aware that advice from this site is not a replacement for a safety evaluation by an expert. I merely want to check my understanding of the rules and potential ...
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Grounding the chassis with capacitor

My question involves chassis grounding to earth ground. My PCB circuit is a simple signal generator using a microcontroller. It has a separate 'ground' from earth ground, supplied by a floating 5VDC ...
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Why the neutral of the UPS or inverter or generator is advised to be earthed/grounded?

In my company we had few earthing related issues. When an consultant was brought in and apart from solving the issue, a suggestion was made to ground the neutral of the UPS and diesel generators that ...
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Properly grounding 2 MCUs using I2C

I'm building a mechatronic system that consists of 1)XY Gantry controlled with PIC32 and a DIY motor shield and 2)control box with PIC24 three potentiometers + room for expansion, typically located ...
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grounding 2 different power supplies

I have 2 circuit boards I'm trying to connect together that each have a common 24 VAC source they are connected to. The problem I have is I'm trying to feed a switching 12 VDC signal to the one board ...
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Ground and power PCB layout for MCU

As you know most of the MCU's has several Vdd and Vss pins. In the case of two-layer PCB it seems convenient to use some polygons beneath MCU (like on the figure below). The first option is treat the ...
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SCR triggering and ground loop issues

I am trying to trigger an scr/thyristor from a 0-5V TTL pulse (channel 1 on the oscilloscope output). The schematic can be viewed below. I am using the TTL to pull the 2n2222 transistor 'on' which ...
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Grounding unused leg of bussed resistor?

I've got a bussed resistor: The package I'm using has 13 inputs and 1 output, tied to ground. I'm only using 11 of the inputs. Do I need to worry about the floating end of the two unused inputs? ...
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Variable Voltage Using PWM and Low Pass Filter

I am trying to control a steady DC output voltage using a Micro controller with a PWM duty cycle. With the current schematic, the Voltage on Vout is pulsing along ...
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Arduino Ground reference plane

There are three GND pins on the Arduino UNO pinout. As I'm trying to design a mixed signal PCB to act as an Arduino Shield, I wonder how I should connect those pins, i.e. to the analog or digital ...
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Why a ground loop a problem, not a ground plane(patch attena)?

The question is as the title says: I see various material saying using a solid ground plane. Why would not that be a problem, since a solid ground plane could be a patch antenna?
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Two Five-foot Ground Rods vs. One Ten-foot Ground Rod

I am thinking about installing two five-foot ground rods in place of one ten-foot ground rod. What would be the relevant comparison(s) and contrast(s)? Let me know if you need further information. ...
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Can I connect all ground connectors via the ground fill?

I am working on a very, very simple two-sided PCB design that connects one 8-pin header with 6 audio jacks, each of which has its right channel and ground connected. All grounds are connected via ...
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Question on capacitive circuit in practice

If we were to build a circuit, let's say with a power source of 120V AC going into a transformer which steps that up to 10kV @ 30mA, the output of which would be connected to a capacitor with a ...
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How to deal with grounding and the capacitors in this opamp schematic?

Here is a schematic I'm planning to make (right click on the image and 'open image in new tab' to see it better'): I have a transformer and AC to DC converter that makes +/-12V. (1) Does 'power ...
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How to implement grounding into this electrical circuit?

I'm trying to make some tutorials but I have no idea what should I do when I see the term ground (GND). Here is an example: I want to know how I build the GND part. Where I connect it? Also, if ...
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Laptop surface vibrating when rubbing over it [closed]

Because my previous HP laptop adapter stopped working, I got a new one. But if I use this one, I feel a kind of vibration when I rub over my laptop's surface. I don't have this if I work on battery, ...
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Connecting grounds of following circuit

simulate this circuit – Schematic created using CircuitLab I am using 5V supply derived from rectification of 230V AC and using 7805 IC for DSP while I am using 0-300 V DC lab bench type ...
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Binding LM4871 audio amp output to another circuitry with ground referenced input

I using LM4871 as a audio pre-amp in my device. If I let the output to earphones or external speakers then it works great. If I want to loop LM4871 output (pin 5 and 8) back to one of the local audio ...
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MCP41100 Power supply and grounding ? Analog ? Digital?

I'm thinking of using an mcp41100 digital potentiometer to control an op amp gain. My board will have a split ground plane - digital and analog grounds. Unfortunately the mcp41100 doesn't have ...
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Grounding a Device And/Or Room

Hoping this is the correct exchange. At the moment I'm currently renting my house in Canada (120V), and it seems the landlord has attempted to try pull a fast one. From what I understand, or possibly ...
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What to use as a ground in a plastic, mobile container

I'm building a basic stereo system, using a car stereo and speakers, inside a large plastic box. The stereo requires grounding, but the box is entirely plastic, so there is no metal chassis, and it ...
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Obtaining O-Scope signals in a AC/DC supply - grounding issues

I need to check waveforms in the power supply from this design reference by Texas Instruments. I essentially built the supply, but it is not operating correctly - ie, no output current, but it has ...
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Audio oscillator cross-talk on small synth project

I am making a small 9V battery powered synthesizer with a square wave oscillator built around a 40106b Schmitt trigger (reference: http://richdecibels.com/blog/?p=11) and a few other components, one ...
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how many “Resister/ cap network” between PE (shield) to Ground are necessary?

In our set-up, there are 2 backplanes and both are interfaced with each other using cables. Each backplane has multiple RJ45 connectors and SubD connectors (which are used for data transfer between ...
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Kirchhoff's Current Law at the ground node?

Can one do KCL at the ground node? Does any current go into the ground? I think not, but I am not sure. Bonus Question: If yes, then how does grounding buildings drain the current into the Earth?
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Where is the ground/negative for overhead power lines?

I recently learnt that ground can be used to complete circuits using high voltages. I'd like to know if this is how overhead powerlines work, and if so where exactly do the cables/circuit terminate - ...
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Grounding problems connecting two evaluation boards

My setup is as follows. I have a Xilinx FPGA KC705 eval board with a daughterboard attached. I have a set of 6 wires going from headers on the daughterboard to the header pins on an audio codec eval ...
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Simple circuit reacts to touching a node

I am trying to repeat a circuit from this post. For some reason it does not work properly, and trying to fix it I figure out strange behavior. LED turns on if I touch R3 with my finger or with ...
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Capacitance of two wires with a grounded wire between

I have measured the capacitance between wires number, say, 1 and 3. With the wiree #2 just floating, the result was 390 pF. But after i have grounded the wiree #2, the capacitance was 220 pF. What is ...
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Constant current led drivers shared ground

I have 4 constant current led drivers with PWM. Here's 300-1500mA LED Driver datasheet. I want to use 3 of these drivers to power each color of a 90w rgb led. I was under assumption that I could ...
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Why use 2 isolated grounds in Mackie 220W Power Supply?

I recently took apart a Mackie 220W power supply for an analog sound board. Much to my surprise I found the following scheme: Earth grounded: 48V -18V 18V Seperate, isolated ground: 12V 5V I am not ...
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Using Ground Off Another Circuit [closed]

I have a power outlet without a ground, but I have an electronic device which requires a real ground (can't use a GFCI protected outlet). Would it be okay to run an extension cable from an outlet ...
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How does a first-timer set up a correctly-grounded workbench / work-station?

I'm new here, and new to electronics in general. (for the most part … my [awesome] father had me building some simple robot-kits with him when I was a kiddo, but I'm getting into it “4srs” for the ...
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Grounding a conducting object

Is it possible to trap some electricity in the object even though the object is grounded? For example if we ground a conducting sphere over a resistor, will all electricity leave the sphere once it's ...
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Via through TQNF Exposed Pad

Is it ok to use an "ordinary" via to connect the Exposed Pad of an TQNF package to ground, as shown in the following picture? I am using eagle. DRC generates an "overlap" error, is it ok to ignore ...
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RS485 + Power over twisted pairs, still need isolation?

I need to communicate with a piece of hardware on an elevator car. I have a few twisted copper pairs available, but it's not CAT5, so Ethernet is out. Instead I'd like to use RS485. I've been ...
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Grounding Plexiglass

I have a sheet of plexiglass that has metal strips (Aluminum) that will be connected through wires to an Arduino. The Arduino is grounded but the metal strips are not. The metal strips will rest on ...