Replacing electrical outlets...

Old 07-11-03, 02:08 PM
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Replacing electrical outlets...

All the electric receptacles in the house we just bought have been painted over & are ugly. We are now going to repaint the entire interior of the house and I want to replace all of them. Currently the house is not wired for grounding, with a the exception of a couple of outlets. This coming winter & fall I want to start to re-wire the house (one room at a time) to replace the wiring w/ grounding.

Question - I want to replace the receptacles now - can I use the 3 prong (ground) now, even though it's not grounded? Since I painting now, I'd like to do it now & just once.

Old 07-11-03, 02:38 PM
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I suggest you leave the receptacles alone until you rewire. There are some ways to allow you to replace them, but that would be more trouble than it's worth since you are going to rewire anyway.

Silver lining#1: This way you won't need to worry about getting paint on the receptacles when you paint the walls.

Silver lining#2: Looking at those ugly old receptacles in your newly painted walls will encourage you not to put off that rewiring forever.

Warning: There are a lot of common mistakes people make when replacing receptacles. Most of these arise when switch loops, split-wired, and switched receptacles are involved. Make sure you understand how each of these are done.

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