Electrical Wiring in the Home/Ground wires


I have found several outlets in my home that do not have a ground. Can this be fixed by running just a bare copper ground wire to the outlet OR does the entire cable have to be replaced (hot, neutral plus ground)?


Unfortunately, you are not going to get an easy answer to this question.  Some people believe it is OK, some do not.  It really isn't covered in the code, since the code applies to new construction.  I personally believe in doing it right (new cable), if you can.

You are also allowed to use grounded outlets without the ground wire if you use a GFCI on the circuit and put a sticker on the outlet 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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