Updating 2 prong to 3 prong outlets
Updating 2 prong to 3 prong outlets - dating grieving widow
The electrical code gives several options for this repair, which are listed under section 406.4(D) of the 2014 National Electric Code (NEC). NEC Section 406.4(D)(1) says that if a grounding path exists, it needs to be used.
KEY words:"Where grounding means in the receptacle enclosure".
Make sure you use either a self grounding receptacle or use a short length of green wire to connect the receptacle's ground screw to the box. I agree that the best solution for you would be to install GFCI outlets in place of the 2 prong old style outlets you now have.
These do not provide a ground, but sense the difference in current between the hot and neutral sockets.
I haven't looked at any other outlets to compare to, but I assume that that copper wire should be bolted to the metal housing?
Anyhow, is it a good idea to get specification grade receptacles?
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick!
Some forums can only be seen by registered members.If the house was built in 1986 then you are absolutely correct in that a grounding means would most certainly exist.So by default there MUST be a grounding means in the wiring.Under normal conditions, there should never be any current on the ground wire.Think of it as an emergency lane on the highway; things should work just fine without it, but when something goes wrong, you better have it.Connect the bare ground wire to the green screen on the receptacle.