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Replacing Outlets Without Ground Wires


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

How to Replace an Electrical Outlet When There is No Ground Wire: If the electrical box is metal then the ground wire should also be attached to the metal box using an approved grounding screw.

Ground Wires and Electrical Outlets

Electrical Question: I am updating my outlets to a different color and I noticed the ground wire was not used but just folded back on the outlet behind the refrigerator.

This electrical wiring question came from: Larry, a Homeowner from New Albany, IN.
Additional Comments: Thanks for providing great information.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Larry.

How to Replace an Electrical Outlet When There is No Ground Wire

Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and a Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and the number of outlets that will be replaced.
Precaution: Identify the outlet circuit, turn it OFF and  Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.

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