03:25PM | 09/25/06
Member Since: 09/24/06
1 lifetime posts
I'm about to move into my grandmothers home, to find out that none of the electrical outlets are grounded. (It's a very old house).My relatives attitude is there hasn't been a fire yet so why should the outlets be grounded....They say the chances of lightning striking are slim... I dont want to move in unless the outlets are all grounded and a couple of new circuits put in. How can I explain to them better the importance of grounding ???? Thanks for your help...


04:50PM | 09/25/06
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
You want to get the system evaluated by an electrican.

But, in most cases, grounded receptacles are of limited value.

You do want a GROUND ELECTRODE SYSTEM. Often called the ground rod. But there is more involved in that. It might include multiple ground rods and/or connections to appropriate metallic water pipes and/or other electrodes. This connects to the main panel.

That is important. That is what is important lightning and power line problems.

Note, that grounding electrode systems used in the past have often been inadequate and current codes requires more/better electrodes.

But look at YOUR needs. What do you have that requires a grounded receptacle? Most house hold equipment does not.

And where it is required you can use GCFI (ground fault circuit interrupters) receptacles with having a ground connection. They provide all of the personal safety of a grounded receptacle and more. They are a minor expense and should be installed on kitchen countertops and bathrooms.

There are two applications where a true grounded connection should be used.

1. Where a false trip will cause futher damage. For example on refigerators and sump pumps.

2. Where you have surge protectors for computers or high end electronics. The surge protectors need a true ground for maximum surge protection.

But you also need to get it checked for the condition of the insulation on the wiring and the size of the service.

Those are much more important than grounded receptacles.


10:27AM | 08/22/14
You could always just have a contractor come out. No harm will be done by grounding the power lines. They could also check to make sure the power lines are in good condition. If not, you might consider getting new ones put in.


08:51AM | 08/23/14
Now that was good advice compared to the BS Billfart was trying to hand you.
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