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Old 03-27-2012, 08:40 AM   #1
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can a 2 pronged receptical be replaced with a3 pronged receptical


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Originally Posted by ephraim
can a 2 pronged receptical be replaced with a3 pronged receptical
Is there a ground wire in the box?


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Old 03-27-2012, 09:48 AM   #3
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This is becoming one of the more often asked questions (along with sub-panels) on this forum. Using the search function will give you a lot of info.

If you have a valid ground, yes.

If the circuit is GFCI protected, yes

Otherwise , no
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Old 03-27-2012, 09:45 PM   #4
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to help the OP understand a bit better...
the third prong on a 3-prong recept is the ground.
if the recepticle box is "properly grounded" or the existing wire has the
third bare copper ground wire, you are all set to go. (the latter is unlikely)

however if there is no ground, simply replacing with a 3-prong would be pointless.
you could change it anyway, but this is NOT advised.
either find a way to add a ground, or update the wire.
keep in mind this outlet may pigtail off other outlets/lights

good luck, be safe, and dont short-cut
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Old 03-28-2012, 12:22 AM   #5
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If no ground wire is available, you can put a GFCI receptacle in. It shuold be labeled "no ground".
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