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Electrical I own a very old home that has the old "2 slot" outlets. The house is so old that it has 'screw in fuses' not breakers. I want to upgrade all of the outlets in the entire house. My problem is that when I opened up one of the outlets, I don't see where to ground the new outlets? Can anyone help me?

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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)

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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.

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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.

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