Are there "grounded" or GFCI 2-pronged outlets?

phoenixnikDecember 10, 2013

My wife and I recently bought a home that was originally built in 1965. In escrow we made a repair request that all of the 2-pronged outlets be grounded or have GFCI outlets installed. The owner complied, but we quickly noticed that all of the outlets were still 2-pronged outlets. We were provided an invoice for the grounding of these outlets, but I didn't think it was possible for a 2-pronged outlet to be grounded.

Can a 2-pronged outlet be safely grounded or have comparable GFCI protection?

Many thanks!

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greg_2010

Grounding and GFCI protection are two different things.

If the outlets are still 2-prong, then they aren't grounded. But they could be protected by a GFCI breaker or a GFCI outlet that is upstream of the 2-prong outlet.

    Bookmark   December 10, 2013 at 8:51AM
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phoenixnik

Thank you very much for your reply!

I know that grounding is ideal, but would the use of a GFCI breaker or an upstream GFCI outlet still be safe?

    Bookmark   December 10, 2013 at 11:48AM
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bus_driver

The GFCI makes the system "safer". "Safe" does not exist.
The safety functions of grounding and the GFCI overlap to some extent. Grounding does not depend on an electronic device.

    Bookmark   December 10, 2013 at 11:58AM
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