Ungrounded Outlets and Power Surges


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Old 07-18-02, 04:50 PM
slimmpikkens
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Ungrounded Outlets and Power Surges

I have ungrounded wiring in my home. For some reason when you hook a volt meter on the positive side of the outlet and to the ground of a surge protector plugged into this ungrounded outlet I get 63 volts. I should get zero. It does the same thing to neg and ground. My house doesn't have ground wire running through it. Can I replace the two prong ungrounded outlet with a three prong outlet and run a heavy gauge shielded copper wire out to a 4 or 5 ft grounding rod driven deep into the ground?
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Old 07-18-02, 05:22 PM
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Can I replace the two prong ungrounded outlet with a three prong outlet and run a heavy gauge shielded copper wire out to a 4 or 5 ft grounding rod driven deep into the ground?
Absolutely not! Not only is this against code, it won't provide you the safety you desire. The earth is a poor conductor of electricity.

The 63 volts is probably a meaningless reading. When you measure voltage to a floating wire, you can get almost anything due to phantom voltages.
 
 

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