older wiring (NO GROUND)

Old 05-21-03, 05:44 PM
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Lightbulb older wiring (NO GROUND)

how do I install a ground fault plug if there is no ground wire present. Will it ground each plug where a ground fault plug is installed? Is there a book or manual to show how to do this properly.. I can't afford to have a pro do it so need all the help i can get.. THANKS!
Old 05-21-03, 05:54 PM
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A GFCI receptacle needs no grounding connection. Simply connect the black and white to the "line" side screws -- black to brass and white to silver. It does not provide grounding, but it does provide personal protection and it makes the use of 3-prong plugs legal.

GFCI receptacles normally come with a big page of instructions with tiny print. It will tell you all you need to know if you have the patience to read it all.
Old 05-25-03, 07:24 PM
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No, it will not provide a ground where there is not one present.
It will only provide safety against ground faults.
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The NEC (National Electrical Code) permits replacing 2-prong receptacles (no ground wire present) with 3-prong only if the 3-prong model is a GFCI and only if that GFCI receptacle and each receptacle protected by it are labeled "No Equipment Ground". Some come with little stickers in the package, but you should be able to find them at any decent electrical supply shop.


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