Question about Leviton 10 Brown Switch Outlet Receptacles 15a 5225
Older houses such as yours are wired with 2 conductor Romex. Since there are only 2 wires (120v "hot" & neutral) there is no ground wire.
In order to comply with the National Electrical Code (which is strongly advised), you are limited to the options that Tommy listed above.
The cheapest and easiest option is to replace the old 2 wire devices with new 2 wire devices.
Be advised that GFCI receptacles will not fit in many of the older junction boxes.
If you wish to "upgrade" your wiring to a three wire grounded system, you will need to find an electrical contractor, or an electrician. - Rewiring a house can be very expensive. (depending on its size)
Posted on Aug 25, 2009
Current electric code requires a ground or one of the following
A) Repace with GFCI recepticle, you maybe able to protect several pluge off one, depends on wiring.
B) Run a copper wire to a water pipe, you have to do this from most all plugs.
C) repace with new wiring or 2 prong receptcle.
Hope this helps
Tommy Master Electrician
Posted on Jan 05, 2009
The old outlet or switch do not have "ground" per-say, if the junction box is steel and you have romax (steel jacket) cable. the casing is the ground.
you need a special cutter to cut the jacket, once you do that, you will see a steel wire inside, that is your ground.
if you have the present day 30wire cable (plastic jacket) then the green wire is the ground. it should be grounded on both end, on the switch or outlet and in the breaker box.
Posted on Nov 07, 2008
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Either you have defected (weak) circuit breaker and wiring or bad Microwave oven.
The 99.99 % house hold Microwave ovens pull less than 15 Amps. They may have internal ceramic 15A fuse or 15 Amp internal circuit breaker.
To isolate your problem:
Plug your Microwave oven to different areas (different electrical circuit) if the different circuit breaker still trips... your Microwave oven has a short - Most of them has a small ceramic fuse 15 amps fuse.-also check some inter lock switches at door .
If the Microwave oven works Ok then you may have:
2a. You may overload the existing electrical circuit, try to unplug some other appliances
2b. You may have bad electrical outlet receptacle (Replace it with the same type , - may need helps from licensed electrician)
2c. Weak or defect house hold circuit breaker. (Replace it with the same type , brand - may need helps from licensed electrician)
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Check to see if the toaster is plugged in; if it is, unplug the toaster, then plug it back in again.
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is a fuse blown or a circuit-breaker tripped in your home?
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