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How to Ground Electric Outlets


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

I have outlets that are not grounded, what should I do? How to Ground Outlets and GFI Receptacles.

Grounding Outlets and Receptacles

Electrical Question: I just discovered that I have outlets that are not grounded, what should I do?

I just want to know all my options before I bring somebody in to look. I don’t want someone to come in and do work that does not need to be done.
Thanks.

This electrical question came from: Mike, a Handyman from Saint John New Brunswick, Canada.

Additional Comments: Awesome website! love it!

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Mike.

How to Ground Outlets and Receptacles

ground an electric outlet

Application: Ground Wiring for Electric Outlets.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best performed by a Licensed Electrician.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools a Voltage Tester or Plug-In Circuit Analyzer.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools, the extent of the electrical repairs, the number of receptacle outlets that are affected and access to each location.
Precaution: Identify the outlet circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.

Grounding Outlets and GFI Receptacles

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2 Responses to “How to Ground Electric Outlets”
  1. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi John,
    Please note that the ungrounded 2-wire outlets are still manufactured and available for future projects where a ground wire has not been installed.

  2. John Martin says:

    10 years ago I replaced some worn outlets in my daughter’s 1920 house. The wiring was all 2-wire, no ground. I was unable to find 2-hole outlets anywhere, so I installed standard 3-hole outlets, but I filled the ground hole with hot glue so a 3-prong plug could not be inserted. I also installed a few GFCI outlets in locations that were near a sink, since they don’t need a ground to work. A few new grounded outlets were installed later, for dishwasher, computer, etc.