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a circuit conductor that normally carries current, and is connected to ground (earth) at the main electrical panel.

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Why don't we use neutral wire for to ground devices and earth wire for closing the circuit?

I know that the neutral point of a distribution transformer is connected to the grounding (earthing) wire, so I think they are the same. Can I use the neutral wire for protecting metal-cased electric ...
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In any electrical equipment having single ph 230 v ac supply ,if neutral and earth wire exchanged then what will be the consequence

I am handling the supply in a locomotive coach and have noticed that the neutral and earth wires have been accidentally flipped,inside the appliance(hot case) is there a problem from the safety point ...
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Why do electrical systems have neutral, live and ground when electronic systems have only VCC and ground?

Wouldn't it be simpler if electrical systems take away the neutral and just have live and ground similar to electronic systems?
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Am I compensated by the electricity company for electricity that exits my home on the neutral wire? [closed]

DISCLAIMER: I am not an electrician or electrical engineer. Let's say that all I have running in my home is a 10 watt LED light bulb (nothing else). This bulb uses very little of the electricity ...
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Why is neutral wire connected to ground at the transformer?

I understand the use of ground wire at the home appliances but why is the neutral wire connected to ground at the transformer? Why doesn't the neutral wire go back to the power generation plants. I ...
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Hot and neutral have similar voltage to ground - finding the problem

I have an APC battery backup and surge protector for my computer. It has a light, labeled "Building wiring fault." This light is on, and my computer will not start. I am unemployed and my landlord is ...
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What is the difference between neutral and ground?

What is the difference between neutral and ground? I do not understand the difference.
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when does the neutral wire in a 3 phase system carry voltage?

I am curious, and I've found a bit of information online, but maybe its not clicking in my head... when does the neutral line in a 3 phase system carry voltage. i do understand the answer is quite ...