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Joseph Jay

12:20PM | 09/15/03
Member Since: 09/14/03
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I live in a house built in 1927. The outlets and switches in the house are not grounded. How do I go about installing new outlets and switches that are grounded?

Tom O

01:58PM | 09/15/03
Member Since: 09/17/02
476 lifetime posts
The best way would be a total re-wire. You have an antique wiring system that has probably (educated guess) suffered damage to the insulation by heat & aging of the rubber insulation.

What is your goal here? If it is just to update to 3 prong receptacles, there are several ways to go about it and short of a total re-wire, they are a distant second best. If you just need a few grounded receptacles, install a new circuit or two and put receptacles where you need them.

As I pointed out, your wiring is really old, especially if it is original. You should probably have it examined by a qualified person prior to starting any work. No sense in working on something that should be replaced anyhow.

Tom



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