Replacing old 2 prong outlets

Old 03-31-02, 04:02 PM
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Replacing old 2 prong outlets

When replacing old 2 prong outlets that are fed by armored cable is it correct to connect the ground screw on the new outlet to the box? This assumes that I meter from hot to box and get voltage.

I have spoken to one electrician that tells me that research has been done showing that the old armored cable can become red hot if there is a ground fault. With this in mind he said the correct thing to do is jump the neutral to the ground screw.

I am assuming 120v circuits and not GFCI.

What's the code say guys? Thanks
Old 03-31-02, 05:19 PM
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Absolutely DO NOT connect the neutral to ground at an outlet.
Assuming the armored cable is terminated well, yes connect the ground screw on the outlet to the armored cable through the box.
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I agree with Ron The first electrician was totally WRONG!!
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Jumpering the neutral and grounding connections is just about the stupidest thing you can do. To do so very significantly increases the electrocution danger in your home. It's much better to leave the grounding connection unconnected than it would be to use the jumper.

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