05:06PM | 03/02/04
Member Since: 03/01/04
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I just bought a condo in an older high rise apartment/condo conversion, built in late 1950's. This condo has a fuse box in the kitchen containing a few 15 & 20 amp fuses. As well, all of the wall outlets throughout the unit have the older receptacles with just the 2 prongs, not the 3, nor are there any receptacles with the GFCI. I have several questions about changing this. I would greatly appreciate any insight into this. Unfortunately I know very little about electrical work.

1. Can I change out the fuse box with a circuit breaker?

2. If so, does this require any sort of rewiring of the wiring within the walls extending to all of the outlets?

3. Can I simply change all of the 2 prong outlets to the more updated 3 prong (grounded?) outlets?

4. Would this require any sort of rewiring of the electrical work?

5. In the bathroom I need to install the GFCI receptacle (change from old 2 prong) is it is simple as removing the old and adding the new?

Would this be a huge project and am I overlooking anything I should consider?




05:39AM | 03/05/04
Member Since: 02/21/04
138 lifetime posts
Changing old 2 prong receptacles with a GFI is an accepted practice. You don't have to add a ground wire, but if you could it would be better.


02:38PM | 03/05/04
Member Since: 08/30/02
19 lifetime posts
k2, I salute you. Your post was excellent.

Dbnum2, I will follow suit and advise you to get estimates from atleast three EC's, but the bottom line is, you should let a pro tackle this project, it's to involved for a first time DIYer.

Is there a problem with the wiring, or do you just feel it should be updated?



01:57AM | 03/06/04
Member Since: 08/30/02
19 lifetime posts
You're welcome

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