Updating 2 prong electrical outlets


04-Jun-2017 18:35

1) The NEC code allows you to replace existing two-prong receptacles with new 2-prong receptacles.You will not be grounding anything with this option, but just upgrading older (yellow, brittle) receptacles with new (whiter) ungrounded receptacles.If this is the case, you can safely use a two-prong to three-prong adapter, as long as you secure it to the outlet with the cover plate screw. And without that extra protection, you’re at a higher risk of experiencing: Let’s take a closer look at these two different types of outlets.Two-prong outlets can always be changed to three-prong, and this can be accomplished a few different ways.Today I’ll give a brief explanation of what the third prong is for, and I’ll discuss a few ways to convert to a three prong outlet.

Need a professional to change a two-prong outlet to a three-prong?

Older cloth wiring is easily damaged by renovations and rodents.

It would be a wise investment to upgrade, and re-wire your whole house if your system is older than 50-60 years.

If that is not an option the 2014 National Electric Code (NEC) allows for alternate acceptable upgrades for 2-wire systems.

It is also much cheaper at about per receptacle.

This minimizes the risk of electric shock, and allows surge protectors to protect your electrical equipment, such as televisions, computers, stereos, and other devices.



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