Ground for a Van de Graaff Generator?

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Albertgauss
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I attached a jpeg of a Van De Graaff generator off the web. Is the point in the photo the Van De Graaff ground? Suppose I have a wire coming out of that slot instead of a discharging sphere, would that hole still be the Van De Graaff ground?
 

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.Scott
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It is the attachment point for the ball.
Van de Graff generators don't have "grounds" anymore than batteries do.
But if you wish, you can use that point to ground the device.
 
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Mister T
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They do have a three prong plug with the housing attached to the third prong (ground).
 
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Albertgauss
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Ok, I got it. All good.
 

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