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Old 07-07-2013, 01:11 PM   #16
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Three prong outlet on a non-grounded circuit


Ungrounded outlets inherently are not a fire hazard. Problem is, when they get old and worn out, like most receptacles, they can become a fire hazard due to arcing and heat. The only reason an ungrounded receptacle may be more prone to this is because it is more likely to be old or worn out.

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Old 07-07-2013, 01:36 PM   #17
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Outlet is old, and when you plug something in it, it is so loose, that the homeowner/renter ends up either taping the plug into the outlet, or leaving it as is.
What does that have to do with the outlet only having two slots?
If it's faulty... replace it.

The table lamps and alarm clocks cell phone chargers and desktop radios and such that get plugged into 90% of resi receptacles don't care whether there's an unused 3rd slot or not. Heck most of them don't even care if the outlet is polarized. They don't need it.

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Old 07-07-2013, 02:37 PM   #18
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again, looks like you need to be given the map showing you the point.
Not at all.

I get that you mean well...but like in the other thread with the "time bomb" warning that guy is far more likely to have a problem from incompetent hands opening and closing boxes and poking around in there than from what was there before he was advised to "check" for something he isn't likely to recognize anyway just for the sake of it.

if it ain't broke don't fix it.
if there is an actual issue... deal. if not? sit on your hands.
If the problem found is of a general nature... then, sure go deeper. But to do so blindly? More likely to create problems than to solve them.
Getting it?

From the other end... is it advisable to update older WIRING so that grounded devices can be used? You betcha. If/when you're doing some other work that warrants the bother and mess... do that work too.

Until then? Deal with what issues you actually have.
In this case the issue is power for a window shaker (or two).
Other threads are about Kitchen or Bath GFI's.
In *those* case? Add those higher draw circuits
The rest? You really can "let it be".

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Old 07-07-2013, 04:45 PM   #19
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