Hey there Walt you rascal, I just came in to take a break from RV preventive maintenance before my Sunday afternoon nappy (I dont like to hit er quite so hard on the Sabbath dont ya know)lol so I have a few minutes.
Yeppers, youre on track, in the Main Service Panel the Ground Buss and the Neutral Buss are bonded together but thats NOTTTTTTT true if you feed a sub panel off of the Main. Also at EITHER the weatherhead riser orrrrrrrrrr the meter base orrrrrrrrrr the Main Service Panel, a Grounding Electrode Conductor (bare No 4 Copper Wire) is tied to the NEUTRAL and its leads outside to a GROUNDING ELECTRODE such as driven into earth copper rods (called made electrodes) or metal water pipes etc etc.
The Neutral, since its BOTH a live current carrying conductor for normal return current and its tied to mother earth with that Grounding Electrode Conductor, IS CALLED A GROUN DED CONDUCTOR.
The equipment Ground (green/bare 3rd wire) is called a GroundING Conductor and its ONLY purpose and the ONLY time it conducts is TO CARRY FAULT CURRENT back to the panel so the breaker trips and saves your life as opposed to you touching that hot frame/case and fault current flowing through your old ticker n you wakin up dead
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