Is this a ground wire? (replacing old two prong outlets)

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Old 01-28-15, 09:28 PM
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Is this a ground wire? (replacing old two prong outlets)

The apartment I'm renting has a mix of two and three prong outlets depending on the room. I've been doing as much reading as I can to make sure I don't do anything stupid/unsafe.

The wiring in the breaker box in the basement doesn't look terribly old and in doing some reading I found that sometimes wiring was update but outlets were not. I turned off the breaker for this outlet and opened it up.

It looks to me like the coiled up copper wire might be an unused ground, am I right in that thinking?Name:  IMG_4869.jpg
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Old 01-28-15, 09:40 PM
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Welcome to the forums.

to make sure I don't do anything stupid/unsafe.
You, as a renter, should not be doing any electrical work in your apartment.

To answer your question directly... yes that is a ground wire.
 
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I wouldn't do anything without talking to my landlord, he and I have a very good relationship. It was more to understand if changing out to a three prong outlet would be a simple job or an expensive one.
 
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Old 01-28-15, 09:49 PM
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Ok.

To properly ground the box.... that ground wire should be unwrapped and attached to a green grounding screw in the hole opposite the wire retainer clamp.
 
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Yup, that makes sense. thanks for your quick reply, greatly appreciated.
 
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