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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Turn off the power to the receptacle that will be replaced by switching off the circuit breaker in the fuse box. Check that the battery is good in a circuit tester. If not, replace the battery. Place the tester's two ends in one set of the receptacle's slots, then the other set. The light on the tester should not come on. If it does, the correct circuit breaker has not been switched off.
Take off the receptacle's face plate by first removing its screw. Detach the two screw securing the receptacle to the box and pull out the receptacle. Loosen the receptacle's terminal screws and pull away all wires from the back of the receptacle. Take out the receptacle (if working properly, it can be reused). If the ends of the wires are chewed up after removing them from the existing receptacle, cut them off with wire cutters. Strip off 1/2 an inch of insulation from the ends, using wire strippers. Bend them into loops with the pliers.
Bend the copper ends of all wires into a loop, using a pliers. Connect the white wires to the silver terminal and tighten the screw to the wires. Connect the black wires to the gold terminal and tighten the screw to the wires. Connect the bare ground wires to the ground terminal and tighten the screw to the wires.
Push all cables into the back of the box, followed by the receptacle. Attach the receptacle to the box with the two screws. Hold the new faceplate in position and install the screw. Turn on the power at the circuit breaker.
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