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Old 06-28-2014, 02:04 AM  
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Replacing the outlets with better quality ones than original, especially in an old house, can often do 2 things for you. 1: Avoid fires from corroded sockets. 2: Save money because you aren't wasting energy on corrosion caused heating of the wiring (especially when you are trying to cool a house!)


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Old 06-30-2014, 09:26 AM  
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Sounds like someone simply changed all the old two prong receptacles to three prong without adding a proper ground. If they are GFCI protected this is legal. Otherwise you need to rewire or add GFCI protection.
All devices except surge protectors will operate fine without a ground. They will be safe if GFCI protected.
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