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    Default Socket dilemma

    Hi everyone. I'm new to this forum, and need a little advice. I recently purchased an old home which was built in 1960. Many of the outlets are ungrounded 2 prong type. I don't want to spend thousands of dollars having all sockets rewired, so I was hoping to find another alternative. Will installing GFI outlets in place of all the ungrounded outlets provide enough safety. Thanks, David

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    Wink Re: Socket dilemma

    You can check to see if the boxes are grounded, this will be the case if your house is wired with bx wire, the wire has a metalic sheating around the exterior, I have also see early romex type wire which has a silver jacket and white and black copper conductors and a aluminum ground wire that is attached to inside the outlet box, if either of theses is present then you have grounded boxes and you can swithch to a gfci or 3 prong receptacle, you need to buy ground pigtails and ground screws from your local hardware store and ground each outlet to the outlet box, this is required even if you buy receptacles that are grounded through the case body itself, better to be safe than sorry! Buy a receptacle analizer and test each outlet after you change them to make sure they are wired correctly, if all of this is way more than you like then call a professional to change outlets for you. Good Luck!

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    Default Re: Socket dilemma

    Thanks jled96, I will try to look closely to see if the boxes are grounded. If they aren't grounded, am I looking at major expense, or will gfi outlets at each location still work?

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    Default Re: Socket dilemma

    Yes gfci's will still work, they come with stickers in each box to indicate they are on an ungrounded circuit, just place the sticker on the wall plate face, I am required to do this under the code, you can place the sticker to alert someone to the fact the circuit is not grounded. Just make sure the outlet is wired correctly,black on the hot side,white on the neutral side,and be sure to press reset button after you turn power back on,this will reset the device and make it operational! Good Luck!

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    Default Re: Socket dilemma

    Thanks man!

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    Default Re: Socket dilemma

    If your wiring is BX, it is against code to use the metal sheath as your equipment ground. If you see a small metallic strip inside the metal sheath it is not BX and you can use the metal sheath as a ground path.

    Another option is to to just run a bare copper wire to all of the outlet boxes from the main panel ground bar. That way you won't have to replace what you have, just need to add one wire.

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