Mike had some great tips. Another thing you may want to consider is purchasing an outlet tester. Its a small plug in tester with indicator lights that light up, and it will tell you if the outlet is wired correctly or what is incorrect.
In my house i found a few junction boxes where someone thought they knew what they were doing and the hot's and neutral's were crossed. Either the person was blind, Color blind, or just licked matching black to white, instead of keeping the colors together.
Bottom line is that if its an older house, who knows what was done, and the tester is an inexpensive, quick, easy way to make sure your wiring is done properly.
The one exception being installing a GFCI outlet and affixing the "Equipment Ground Not Present" sticker.Just for a point-of-interest, you can install 2-prong outlets on a grounded circuit (but why? duh), but you should never install 3-prong outlets on an ungrounded circuit.
What gives? One is a GFI and one is a regular receptacle. BIG difference.Lowes has this onsale:
Aspire™ 15-Amp Receptacle for only $2.85
but the similar part Aspire™ 15-Amp Receptacle GFCI costs $13.61.
This is the problem that brought about the AFCI (arc fault circuit interupter). These types of receptacles are code in bedrooms. Don't know why "bedroom" receptacles are considered to be the only unsafe ones in the house that need AFCI'sThe home we just moved into has loose electrical outlets. If you plug something in, it will fall back out. Almost all outlets are like that with a few exceptions.
1. How come? I thought outlets were pretty standarized.
2. Easy enough for me to replace?
Actually it can. If your area has adopted, and enforces AFCIs, you most definitely haveto install them for a new bedroom branch circuit.Speedy,
I have long wondered how this applies if a house is protected with fuses instead of breakers? Surely this can't be interpreted to require pannel upgrade just because someone wishes to add a single circuit to a bedroom.
No offense, but if you are a real electrician, or even someone who simply does electrical work as part of their job, it would be shameful to not have an up to date code book that your area uses.(I suppose this is a sign that I should break down and buy an up to date codebook.)
I'm no electrican. I've just finished grad school, where we did some wiring, mostly just putting cords on things, although we did build some custom magnets and other things. There was supposed to one code book for the students in the insitute to share, but you can imagine how well that worked. You're right I should have bought my own codebook, but they're not cheap on a student's salary. I had an old hand me down, that worked if all I needed was amperage table, and if that didn't work I just asked on the one electrican who was supposed to suppervising everything we did. It really only became an issue every few months, and I was most of the way through school before I could find my way around one anyhow .No offense, but if you are a real electrician, or even someone who simply does electrical work as part of their job, it would be shameful to not have an up to date code book that your area uses.