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

Posted by phoenixnik (My Page) on
Tue, Dec 10, 13 at 1:10

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

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.


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

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?


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

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.


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