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Old 07-25-00, 03:51 AM
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We are selling our home and upon an inspection were told we had to ground our 3-pronged outlets. What is involved in that?
 
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Old 07-25-00, 09:24 AM
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If your wiring to the outlets does not have a ground wire, would you believe re-wiring? It would be simpler to exchange the 3-prong ungrounded outlets for 2-prong ungrounded outlets, if you don't have ground wire, if that is what the code was when your home was built. (This option depends on the state and/or local requirements when selling a home.) Check those out. Good Luck!
 
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Old 07-25-00, 10:43 AM
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If the wiring does have a ground wire, is a grounding rod then needed or something else? What is involved in putting in a grounding rod? Thanks! <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by OldGuy:
If your wiring to the outlets does not have a ground wire, would you believe re-wiring? It would be simpler to exchange the 3-prong ungrounded outlets for 2-prong ungrounded outlets, if you don't have ground wire, if that is what the code was when your home was built. (This option depends on the state and/or local requirements when selling a home.) Check those out. Good Luck!<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

 
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Old 07-25-00, 03:23 PM
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hello kak,
easest way to determin if u have a grounded system is to open up your panel and look inside if u c bare wires then it is a grounded system and shuld allredy have a ground rod. if it doesnt have a ground rod go buy an 8' x 1/2" ground rod and ground rod clamp and some #6 solid bare wire. drive the ground rod in the ground with clamp attached, and run your bare wire from the panel where the bare wires attach to the ground rod. another point if u have a grounded system what the inspector might be talking abought is a pigtail(small piece of wire aprox 7" long) from the green screw on the outlet to the box, this shuld be green or bare wire.
if whin u open up your panel u find u have an ungrounded system, then u have several options.
1. rewire the home useing new romex
2. run a ground to all the recepts and connect it to the panel and a ground rod. (same amount of work as rewireing)
3.install gfci outlets at the head of each circuit and line load them. this provides persional proctection only no ground but according to the nec is ok, this option may not be exceptabel for selling a home in your area be sure to check.
 
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Old 07-27-00, 05:03 PM
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The simplest way of getting around this problem is to put in a Ground Fault Circuit Interuptor otherwise known as ( GFCI ) on the first receptical. The power coming in goes on the line side of this GFCI the other two wires (black & white )on the load side of this GFCI the rest of the recepticals on this circuit will be protected.And it also has to be marked NO equipment ground .That my friend is in the codebook under artical # 210-7d-3
 
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