smoky electric smell
OK, first the intro, then on to my question.
There's a local guy who hooks up telephone connections, and he has worked for an electrician, so also knows about electric outlets. Since I needed a phone connection done, I asked if he can convert some 2-hole outlets to 3-hole outlets.
Apparently, the house wiring is already grounded but for some reason, back in the 1950's they used to install 2 hole outlets. This guy had already converted the outlet in my computer room to three-holes, and it's been serving me fine these past months. He'd also done another one in a bedroom where a handyman used his power tools to install windows.
This time, I asked the guy to convert outlets which for some reason had SIX 2-hole sockets in a row.
So as of now, those outlets which formerly had SIX 2-hole-sockets,
...now have TWO 3-hole sockets.
I had plugged in my Bissell electric broom into the socket which he'd converted to a double-3-hole-outlet (from that weird six-in-a-row configuration). After just a few minutes of swishing the Bissell all over the room, I started smelling a smoky electric smell, which sometimes emits when an electric broom (or electric heater) breaks down.
Indeed, the Bissell has had alot of usage, but i'm still not absolutely sure if the smoky smell is due to depreciation or due to defective outlet-conversion.
So an hour later, I tried the Bissell on another house-outlet (one of the original outlets which came with the house, and which I'm positive is safe).
Again I smelled the smoky smell.
I also tested my Dirt Devil electric broom in the newly-converted outlet, and that emitted a weird chemical smell (albeit not a "smoky" one like the Bissell). Note, I've hardly used it since I can't stand the racket it makes, and its inefficient suction.
But then, much later, I again tried the Dirt Devil in a basement outlet, and again smelled the weird smell.
At this point, I'm not sure if that newly-converted outlet has been causing appliances to emit weird smells whenever/and/wherever they're used thereafter.
Any suggestions? (hopefully simple ones?
Note that as soon as the guy had converted the outlet, I tested it with a blow dryer on high setting for a good while, and nothing seemed amiss, so I told the guy it seems to be OK.