GFI Installation - older house

Old 11-09-02, 12:03 PM
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Question GFI Installation - older house

We just bought a 27-year-old house. The home inspector pointed out that the kitchen and baths are missing GFI's and recommended I put them in. So I bought them and got started on swapping one out and realized that this house has no ground wiring to the outlets. What are my options without spending a fortune? Is there a way to put the GFI's in and still have them functional the way things are currently wired?

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Old 11-09-02, 03:24 PM
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GFI's do not need a ground wire in order to function.

If your house is really 27 years old, you may have a ground wire in the cable. Look at the cable sheath near the panel to see if you see something like 14-2 w G.
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As pcboss said, GFCI receptacles function perfectly fine to protect against ground faults without a connection to the grounding screw on the receptacle. Furthermore, your house is probably wired with grounded conduit and metal boxes. You can simply connect the green screw on the GFCI to the box. This will achieve both grounding protection and GFCI protection -- about as good as it gets. And all for about 8 bucks -- what a bargain.

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