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    Default Re: Grounding old oulets

    Quote Originally Posted by JLMCDANIEL View Post
    How about variable speed drill with 3 prong plug?
    How about a refrigerator with a 3 prong plug?
    How about an antenna rotor control with a 3 prong plug?
    There are a lot of 3 pronged items used in the home.
    Jack
    The point is about electronic equipment ... not about 3 prong devices.

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    Default Re: Grounding old oulets

    Do you know why the newer 2 prong plugs have a wide and a narrow prong and why it is important to wire up a lamp with the right wire to the narrow and wide prong?

    Jack
    Okay you's wise guy's............. If you are using two wire "zip" cord to feed said socket in a table lamp which wire should be used for the neutral?

    There could be some ribbing with answers that are polar opposite.
    Last edited by canuk; 10-18-2007 at 01:27 PM.

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    Default Re: Grounding old oulets

    To redirect this thread back to its topic...
    I recently replaced an old receptacle in my 50+ year old house and found that its "grounding terminal" was connected to the neutral/return terminal via a short thin wire. Other then that the outlet box only had the usual black HOT and white Neutral wire inside (no ground wire).
    Has anybody seen such a thing before and can explain the benefits/risks of such a "grounding".
    Thanks for your help/input!

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    Default Re: Grounding old oulets

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    Canuk,
    The point is about electronic equipment ... not about 3 prong devices.

    Heave you ever opened a variable speed drill, electronic control board. Plus other 3 pronged devices that require a ground for safe operation.
    Be sure you live your life, because you are a long time dead.-Scottish Proverb

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    Default Re: Grounding old oulets

    [quote=mreckleben;5240]To redirect this thread back to its topic...
    I recently replaced an old receptacle in my 50+ year old house and found that its "grounding terminal" was connected to the neutral/return terminal via a short thin wire. Other then that the outlet box only had the usual black HOT and white Neutral wire inside (no ground wire).
    Has anybody seen such a thing before and can explain the benefits/risks of such a "grounding".
    Thanks for your help/input![/quot

    This is absolutely the wrong thing to do. The common is used as a current return. The ground should must be a ground wire to provide the safety it is suppose to provide.
    Jack
    Be sure you live your life, because you are a long time dead.-Scottish Proverb

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