replacing receptacle

Old 08-12-05, 08:13 PM
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replacing receptacle

I have old 2 prong outlets in a house I just bought. Iwant to change them to 3 prong, when I took the covers off and looked at the outlets there are just two wires connected to it.

the new outlets have 2 screws on each side and a green screw, would I just hook up the wire the same way it was on the old outlet.

also i looked in the back of the outlet box and there is a screw with a wire attached to it, would that mean the box is grounded. also what do I do with the green screw since I have no wire to attach to it.

thanks for any help you can give me
Old 08-12-05, 08:23 PM
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If the boxes are indeed grounded (and you need to verify the ground) then you need to run a ground wire to both the box itself and the green screw on receptacle. Use wire nuts and pigtails for this.

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