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Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Carbon County Pa/Kidder Township
Re: Electric outlet grounding upgrade
Check and make sure your panel is grounded since if it is a very old install it might not be. If it is older houses sometime they used BX which is the metal sheathed that sometime was used as a ground………bad idea unless the wire had a bonding strip.
If you have BX and it has the bonding strip most likely the metal box is grounded and all you need to do is tap a screw into the box, attach a green wire, put in new receptacle attach black wire to the short slot, white to the side with the long slot and your newly installed green wire to the green screw on the receptacle.
If there is no visible grounding then installing the GFI as already listed is an adequate solution.
If this is a very old house be careful there in not knob and tube wiring and if it has, get professional help. I have seen people hook it up wrong and wonder why they blew out brand new TV’s.