grounding otlets


Old 05-27-01, 11:02 PM
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When switching from a two wire to three wire outlet/plug, is it safe to jumper the white, (neutral), wire to the ground/green screw if the house is wired with only two conductor wire??
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Old 05-28-01, 03:47 AM
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there is no gain in doing so, you would only get a 'false ground' reading. The idea of the third conductor is in that is is not part of the current carrying circuit, it is a safety conductor only, this is what you need to introduce.
Old 05-28-01, 06:02 AM
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Never ever do this. It is not safe. If the neutral on this circuit would fail, you would energize everything connected to the ground terminal. Very very dangerous. If you can't get a ground wie to this location, replace the 2 wire receptacle with a GFCI and tag the receptacle "no equipment ground".
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I agree with Don. Wirenut's characterization that there is no gain is an understatement. Not only is there is no gain, connecting the grounded and grounding conductors results in a great decrease in safety. Under no circumstances should you do this.

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