I just moved myself and my elderly parents into a 2 bedroom apartment in NJ, and found out about some unsettling things with the electrical service. I wouldn't have even known, unless Verizon pointed out the problem to me.
I moved in...3 prong outlets throughout, and 20 amp outlets in both kitchen(fridge) and bedrooms(A/C outlets). New Murray sub-panel from 2006.
Verizon would not install the FIOS service due to there being no ground on the outlet they were going to use. I curiously pulled out my old yellow Ideal wiggins testers, and from going from hot to ground on every outlet in the apartment, there was no 110v power returning. Every outlet here has the ground socket, and no outlet(or anything else) is grounded *at all*.
Both GFI's in the kitchen and bathroom work(?), but have the ground wires run to the grounding block in the panel, which has no ground coming in, just an old cloth 2- conductor Romex with no ground, as the feeder to this panel. Both sides of the buss bars are jumped together with just one incoming 110v hot.
I used to be an electricians apprentice in the 1980's, and somehow this doesn't seem right, the way this apartment is set up, and looks illegal and unsafe. My parents are elderly, and would really hate to see them get hurt.
I informed the super and his "elecrician" about this, and they came up with..."you don't know what you're talking about", and muttering things about "Grandfather Clauses". Hmm...
Can anyone give me some insight on this? I just moved in, and don't want to start trouble, but I'm getting ready to call the local electrical inspector, to see what he thinks, and by then it may be a huge can of worms that had been opened.;)