[ale] OT: Running computers in an older home (read older circuitry)

Greg Freemyer freemyer-ml at NorcrossGroup.com
Thu Feb 19 13:41:26 EST 2004

On Thu, 2004-02-19 at 13:02, Geoffrey wrote:
> Greg Freemyer wrote:
> > I would replace all of your 2-prong outlets with 3-prong throughout the
> > house..  Then connect your neutral wire (should be white) to both the
> > neutral and the ground prongs.
> I don't believe this would be to code. 

I doubt it too, but I seriously doubt if his current 2-wire setup is
code either.

To meet code he will propably need to run new 3 conductor wire in the
walls.  That will be "very" expensive.

I think what I proposed is a better/safer solution than what he has, and
does not have the large cost of meeting code.

> Besides, there's a reason for 
> running three wires, otherwise you can bet builders would cut the same 
> corner you've suggested.
> I'd have an electician check out the existing wiring.  I'd also install 
> two new circuits for the home office myself, then have it inspected. 
> It's pretty straight forward and it'll save you a ton of cash.  Check 
> the local laws though, they may require the wiring to be done by a 
> licensed electician.  That's not the case here in GA.

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