What To Do About Your Non-Grounded Outlets
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How to Fix Ungrounded Outlets: Grounding an Ungrounded Circuit, What To Do About Ungrounded Outlets
Guide to Fixing Ungrounded Outlet Problems
- The person who I bought the home from remodeled and put in 3 prong receptacles all over the home, but obviously didn’t update the wiring, so none of the receptacles are grounded.
- For most of the things I have plugged in around the house, I don’t need the ground, so I’m not worried about it.
- I know I should put 2 prong receptacles in, but again, I’m not worried about it. What I am worried about is my electronics equipment. TV/Computer etc.
- So, my question is this: Can I just run a single ground wire to each of the outlets that I want to be grounded? And if I place a GFCI receptacle on that grounded outlet, will it still protect all of the other outlets in the circuit even if they aren’t grounded? And, when running the bare ground wire to the outlets, should it be shielded, or can I just run it bare next to the old wiring?
My electronics would only be plugged into the grounded outlets.
Thank you for the reply.
This electrical question came from: Stefan, from Saint Charles, Missouri.
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Dave the Electrician’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Stefan.
How to Fix Ungrounded Outlets
Safety Concerns About Ungrounded Outlets
Stephen, if I were you I would be concerned about your ungrounded outlets, especially if there are 3 prong outlets installed where there is no ground – in a word this is Illegal, another work would be Dangerous! The act of installing a grounded outlet where there is no ground available is very misleading and just not safe.
Grounding an Ungrounded Circuit
- Yes, an additional ground wire may be installed to provide a ground to a device location, however this does not mean that everything else will suddenly become grounded as well.
- A ground wire should be bonded to the ground system of the electrical panel which must be installed according to code for it to be effective.
What To Do About Ungrounded Outlets
- Replace ungrounded outlets with 2 prong ungrounded receptacle outlets and get rid of that false ground, because it simply does not exist.
- Consider upgrading your electrical wiring and get up to the latest code compliance, it’s just the right thing to do.
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