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    Thumbs down Installing GFSI outlets in old outlet boxes as a cheap quick way to upgrade safety

    On a recent HGTV show they suggest replacing existing outlet plates with GFSIs as a quick, cheap way to upgrade housewide electrical safety without completely rewiring old (50-80 year old) wiring systems. Can this be done? Would it work?

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    Default Re: Installing GFSI outlets in old outlet boxes as a cheap quick way to upgrade safet

    Adding GFCI's add personal safety but is not a solution for wiring hat old.


    Jack
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    Default Re: Installing GFSI outlets in old outlet boxes as a cheap quick way to upgrade safet

    I've seen this discussed often on other forums & shows. Apparently GFCI's do function normally without a ground being present.

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    Thumbs down Re: Installing GFSI outlets in old outlet boxes as a cheap quick way to upgrade safet

    Thanks for the feedback, JLMcDaniel and guy48065. Assuming installing GFSIs increases personal safety but does NOT address other issues with such old wiring, what are the remaining issues that could be a problem?
    asb

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    Default Re: Installing GFSI outlets in old outlet boxes as a cheap quick way to upgrade safet

    The GFCI only protects you from what is plugged into it, it does not protect against shorts or grounds on wiring before the GFCI.

    Jack
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    Default Re: Installing GFSI outlets in old outlet boxes as a cheap quick way to upgrade safet

    Also, wiring without a ground does not allow static and lightning to be "drained" to safe levels.

    Many electronic devices either won't work or burn out on un-grounded circuits.
    Good Luck from Columbiana, Alabama
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    Default Re: Installing GFSI outlets in old outlet boxes as a cheap quick way to upgrade safet

    Thanks, all!

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