electrical issues

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Posted by: from Edmonton
6/2/2011 at 12:02:47 AM

i live in a home that was built in 1953 and there is only one electrical outlet that has grounding wire and that is located downstairs in the basement. so how do i plug in my electrical devices that need grounding wires? there are no copper wires in any other electrical junctions or outlets, only black and white.

is there anything i can do?

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Date/Time6/2/2011 at 6:52:43 AM

Hi Tesh! Well the bad news for the proper operation of your electrical devices and for sfaety issues they must be grounded. Especially if there are kids in the house. Accidents can happen pretty quick with electrical. Sorry to say that house of yours is going to need to be rewired to bring it up to code. You might want to start getting some quotes on that. There are ways to plug in your electrical devices but it is not recommended. Sorry for the bad news hope it helps you understand. Good luck!

Brent Smith

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Tesh in Edmonton
Date/Time6/2/2011 at 12:55:11 PM

Thank you for the information Brent

what are the other ways of getting around this issues of mine?

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Date/Time6/2/2011 at 7:03:44 PM

Hi Tesh

As previously mentioned it is best to have an electrician come in to look at rewiring your house or at least providing grounded outlets where required ie compluters, etc.

Kingsway Construction Inc

Glenn Rosborough

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Date/Time7/23/2011 at 4:13:37 PM

Hi Tesh

Agreed. If you do not want to rewire the entire house, get some grounded circuits to the locations that you need them first. Of then that, you can't make a grounded circuit out of an ungrounded one.


John Kuehnl-Cadwell

Master Electrician

Datawise Solutions Inc

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