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canuk
Re: Grounding old oulets
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Do you know why the newer 2 prong plugs have a wide and a narrow prong and why it is important to wire up a lamp with the right wire to the narrow and wide prong?

Jack

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Okay you's wise guy's............. If you are using two wire "zip" cord to feed said socket in a table lamp which wire should be used for the neutral?

There could be some ribbing with answers that are polar opposite.;) :D

mreckleben
Re: Grounding old oulets

To redirect this thread back to its topic...
I recently replaced an old receptacle in my 50+ year old house and found that its "grounding terminal" was connected to the neutral/return terminal via a short thin wire. Other then that the outlet box only had the usual black HOT and white Neutral wire inside (no ground wire).
Has anybody seen such a thing before and can explain the benefits/risks of such a "grounding".
Thanks for your help/input!

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Grounding old oulets

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Canuk,
The point is about electronic equipment ... not about 3 prong devices.:)

Heave you ever opened a variable speed drill, electronic control board. Plus other 3 pronged devices that require a ground for safe operation.

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Grounding old oulets

[quote=mreckleben]To redirect this thread back to its topic...
I recently replaced an old receptacle in my 50+ year old house and found that its "grounding terminal" was connected to the neutral/return terminal via a short thin wire. Other then that the outlet box only had the usual black HOT and white Neutral wire inside (no ground wire).
Has anybody seen such a thing before and can explain the benefits/risks of such a "grounding".
Thanks for your help/input![/quot

This is absolutely the wrong thing to do. The common is used as a current return. The ground should must be a ground wire to provide the safety it is suppose to provide.
Jack

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