Electrical Wiring in the Home/Adding a ground wire


We just bought a house that was built in 1959.
The house is mostly still wired with the single casing, 2 wire to two-prong outlets.
Can a ground be added while leaving the existing wires in place?

Everyone disagrees with each other about this. But in my opinion, the only safe way is to change the wiring rather than just adding a single wire.

The only other option is to use GFCI outlets. There should be a sticker on the outlets saying "no equipment ground."
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Bob Sponaugle


Just about any home wiring question. (not appliance repair) I have done all kinds of home wiring for myself, including adding a new breaker box, etc. Please, questions from North America only. Please be specific with details.

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