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Updating 2 prong to 3 prong outlets

Old-fashioned two-prong receptacles connected to two-wire cables don't have the ground wires that protect people and electrical devices in case of a fault. Turn off the power at the ­breaker panel or fuse box. Attach the black (hot) wire to the brass terminal and the white (neutral) wire to the silver. This green screw, sold in hardware stores, fits in a threaded hole in the back of the box. Secure the other end of the 8-inch grounding pigtail to the green grounding terminal on the three-prong or GFCI receptacle. But an ungrounded GFCI can't safeguard sensitive electronics, such as a computer or phone, from the interference caused by stray currents.Yet it is possible to retrofit a new three-prong or GFCI receptacle into the same outlet box without any rewiring, as long as the box itself is grounded. You can install a GFCI (see tip at bottom), or call an electrician to fix the wiring. Unscrew the old receptacle from the box and detach the wires. On a GFCI, use the terminals in line with the "line" label on the back of the receptacle. Hook one end of an 8-inch green grounding wire or pigtail (also available at hardware stores) to the screw and tighten it. The National Electrical Code requires you to stick a label on the receptacle that reads, "No equipment ground." These labels come in the box with a new GFCI.Tools A drill or screwdriver Flat head bit Phillips head bit An extended Phillips head bit Outlet tester Grounding wire, if needed Needle nose pliers with rubber or non-metal grip New wall outlet -- a standard three prong if you're building is grounded or a GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) if it's not 1.First and foremost, turn off electricity to the circuit you're working on.Apartment Therapy supports our readers with carefully chosen product recommendations to improve life at home.You support us through our independently chosen links, many of which earn us a commission.

These are known to often trip GFCIs and are often in areas that are hard to get to if you need to hit the reset -- don't want to have to pull out your dishwasher every time you need to reset the outlet.Because electrical wires are so stiff, this will make it easier to get the bracket back on without leaving any screws cockeyed in the wall. Using a drill can cause you to over-screw, leading the outlet cover to break. Back at the outlet use an outlet tester to make sure everything's working correctly.The tester's coded lights will let you know if somethings' haywire with your installation.If your outlet was already grounded you'll see a bare-copper or green wire coming from a single screw in the back of the electrical box to a green ground screw on the mounting bracket. Remember, hot wires go on the side with the short slot and neutral wires go on the side with the long slot.Make sure you follow which wires attach to which screws (top or bottom) for both neutral and hot.

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Amp 2-Wire Duplex Outlet, White. I have a feeling you've replaced a few outlets without ground with 3 prong. Lol. If the neutral rat chews wire in wall. 
23-Jan-2019 22:58
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If your home has an older 2 wire electrical system, it most likely is not grounded properly. You will want to replace non-grounded 2-prong outlets with GFCI 3-prong receptacles. 
23-Jan-2019 23:01
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Nov 14, 2010 Updating 2 prong outlets by running a ground to. I found a couple of two prong outlets that had +- 15 year old 3-wire cable going to them but the ground. 
23-Jan-2019 23:05
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In a previous post I inquired about the availability of 2-prong outlets so I could replace newer 3-prong grounded outlets in a home I am selling to comply with the home inspection deficiency. 
23-Jan-2019 23:08
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Updating Two prong to a three prong receptacle User Name Remember Me. 3 prong outlets with no ground. Should 3 prong to 2 prong adapters be illegal. brother 
23-Jan-2019 23:13
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We are purchasing a house built in the 1940's with 2 prong outlets throughout. As part of the remodel, we are upgrading the service to 200A circuit. The electrician also quoted me a $20 charge to change out each 2 prong outlet to a grounded 3-prong one. 
23-Jan-2019 23:16
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Jan 04, 2009 I am closing on my house in a few days and just would like to know about how much it is going to cost to upgrade the outlets that are not grounded bedrooms and living room. 
23-Jan-2019 23:20
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Dec 10, 2012 My house currently has a mix of wiring. Some outlets are "grounded" while others are not old 2 prong style. There is a green cloth cabling 
23-Jan-2019 23:22
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Jun 17, 2013 Welcome to Martin's Institute of Teaching! In this video I show you how to replace an old two prong power outlet to a new three prong outlet. Thanks for watc. 
23-Jan-2019 23:27
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