03:07AM | 09/09/05
Member Since: 08/02/05
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I have an older home with older (non-grounded) wiring. I need to replace a switch/outlet that appears to be defective, but all the switches/outlets i can find at Lowe's or the local hardware store are for grounded switches just for black and white.

It is ok to use the grounded swithces/outlets with the older wiring...correct? I connect the positive and negative wires to the + and - connections - just ignore the grounding.

Tom O

04:46PM | 09/09/05
Member Since: 09/17/02
477 lifetime posts
Are you talking about switches, receptacle outlets or a combination device mounted on one strap that ihas a switch and a receptacle outlet?

I'd suggest purchasing a basic wiring book so that you can correctly describe the components you have a question about. If you post vague descriptions or non-standard descriptions of electrical devices, there is going to be a lot of back & forth posting of questions or a lot of answers based on inaccurate information.

With that in mind, the answer to your question is no. Furthur, grounding should never be ignored unless there are supporting exclusions in the National Electrical Code.




11:27AM | 09/12/05
Member Since: 09/17/02
524 lifetime posts
You can do it if you use a GFCI combo device. It is legal to use a GFCI to replace an ungrounded receptacle witha three prong receptacle.
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