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luweee 02-03-2008 11:16 AM

Grounding Question!
Is it legal to use the neutral wire as a ground. My house is old and wired using the old 2 prong style. I need to put in a GFCI in my kitchen and bath in order to sell my house.

Speedy Petey 02-03-2008 11:21 AM


This can be VERY dangerous and can cause anything metallic to become live in the event of a problem.

DO NOT even consider doing this. PLEASE.

A GFI does NOT need a ground to function, and can be a legal safety solution to an ungrounded circuit.

Kingsmurf 02-03-2008 11:49 AM

Roger NOT use the Neutral...put the GFCI device iwth hot and neutral...observing WHERE line form pwer is connected and where the load is connected on the device and you are safe and good to go

luweee 02-03-2008 11:55 AM

Thanks to the both of you!
And Speedy Petey thanks again. you have answered several of my questions.
THanks again

Pudge565 02-03-2008 06:03 PM

When putting in a GFCI that has no ground don't forget to mark it NO EQUIPMENT GROUND also mark any other recepticals connected to it upstream with the same thing. But my question is why do you have to do that to sell your house your house is grandfathered. was it that the home inspector told you that you have to?

jbfan 02-03-2008 06:41 PM

Like Pudge said. If it was code when it was built, then you do not have to put gfci's in, unles you want to, or a local requirement

nap 02-03-2008 10:48 PM

in some localities, a house is required to be brought up to code, or at least certain parts of it, when it is sold. Two cities near me require such updates.

No grandfathering allowed.

Andy in ATL 02-05-2008 12:32 AM


Originally Posted by Speedy Petey (Post 94536)

A GFI does NOT need a ground to function, and can be a legal safety solution to an ungrounded circuit.

SP is the man:thumbup:

arichard21 02-05-2008 06:51 AM

Ya, how could you not like him???

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