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Old 10-23-2010, 09:28 PM   #1
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Installing 3 prong outlet

I have a 2 prong electric outlet that does not appear to be grounded. I would like to install a 3 electrical out if possible.
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Old 10-23-2010, 11:04 PM   #2
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I see that a lot of that here.50's and 60's houses.the ground is there they just didn't have grounded out lets.make sure there is or isn't a ground in the the way are you in canada?
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Old 10-24-2010, 08:09 AM   #3
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In Canada and the US it is legal to put a GFI on here to get a three prong outlet. This will not give you a equipment ground but offers more protection then just a 2 wire outlet.
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The GFCI does not offer protection for equipment unless it "thinks" a person may be electrocuted in which case it cuts the power.

An actual ground protects the appliance or equipment, and offers limited protection for you. You must install an actual ground in order to have one. This may be accomplished by running a wire from the green ground terminal of the receptacle along the baseboard and up and around doorways and down to the electrical panel that way if you don't want to fish wires in the walls.

Most spiral sheathed cables notably BX does not make for an adequate ground from one outlet box to the next and down to the panel. The cable would provide a ground if it had a metal strip or wire inside specifically as a ground wire and that was electrically fastened (bonded) to other ground strips or wires at each outlet box.
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