Below are definitions of terms or phrases that are commonly used in reference to CSST usage and installation.
The process of making an electrical connection between the grounding electrode and any equipment, appliance, or metal conductor: pipes, plumbing, flues, etc. Equipment bonding serves to protect people and equipment in the event of an electrical fault. Bonding may be accomplished by running a separate and dedicated bonding wire from the equipment or conductor to the electrical ground, or by using the equipment grounding conductor (the third ground wire) of an electrical appliance.
The process of making an electrical connection between the grounding electrode and any metal conductor: pipes, plumbing, flues, etc., which may be exposed to a lightning strike and can be a conductive path for lightning energy towards or away from the grounding electrode.
The process of making an electrical connection to the general mass of the earth. This is most often accomplished with ground rods, ground mats or some other grounding system. Low resistance grounding is critical to the operation of lightning protection techniques.