2015 Honda Odyssey: No ground available?

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I've been installing my new dashcam in my 2015 Honda Odyssey. I installed it on the passenger side of the windshield with the wire running to the passenger-side fuse box, which is at the right side of the footwell. I decided to run it passenger-side to keep the wire out of the driver's side of the car, just in case it jostles loose. Unfortunately, I cannot find a single bare metal bolt with which to ground the dashcam! There are two bolts securing the fuse box assembly but they are inaccessible to me; I'm not a mechanic so I'm hesitant to remove the assembly just to get at the bolt. There are other bolts but they are attached to what looks like painted or rust-proofed metal. Unfortunately, I don't have a grinder, metal drill, metal sander, or welding torch with which I could attach a new ground bolt.

I've completed the entire installation including cutting off the cigarette lighter adapter and exposing the black and red wires, except for the following:
  • Stripping the black and red wires
  • Crimping a ring terminal to the black wire
  • Grounding the black wire ring terminal
  • Crimping the red wire to the fuse tap I have
  • Finding an appropriate ignition-only fuse and inserting the tap
I've been thinking of calling some area auto shops to see if they could finish the install for me. Who do you folks recommend I contact? Would a standard auto repair place be a good choice or would it be better to contact a shop specializing in stereo installation? I'd think they'd be very knowledgeable about custom electrical work.

FWIW I'm in the Knoxville, TN area.
 

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I looked and couldn't find any! That's the purpose of this thread, sadly. :(
 

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What about seat bolt?
Also why don't you use "Add-a-circuit fuse tap" to avoid stripping factory wire?
 

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Okay, an update: The bolt that holds the passenger-side fuse assembly does work as a ground. However, I have run into a new problem: I can't find a switched fuse that also allows me to plug in a tap!

Referring to my picture above, all the fuses on the outside of the assembly (the right side) are constant fuses. Some of the fuses on the inside are switched; unfortunately, I can't fit a tap there because the correct tap orientation has the wire hitting that raised plastic piece to the side. I searched for "car fuse extenders" but I can't find anything. If I could somehow extend the fuse so it clears the plastic piece, I could orient the tap correctly. FWIW, the line side of the left bank of fuses is the right prong.

@know610: I'm only stripping the wire that came with the dashcam, after I cut off the cigarette lighter adapter. That part was easy. At this point, the only thing that remains is somehow tapping a switched fuse. Everything else works.
 

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What about empty fuse slot? Did you test if any are switch fuse?
 

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Or else extend the wire to driver side fuse if any. Maybe it might be easy to plug.. I would solder the wire instead of crimp if plan to extend. just an opinion.
 
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I did test all the open sockets. Amazingly, some of the sockets don't appear to have terminals in them; they're just bare plastic. Cost-cutting measure, I guess.

Regarding your link, yes! That seems to be exactly what I need! Thanks so much. :)
 
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