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Installing GFSI outlets in old outlet boxes as a cheap quick way to upgrade safety

On a recent HGTV show they suggest replacing existing outlet plates with GFSIs as a quick, cheap way to upgrade housewide electrical safety without completely rewiring old (50-80 year old) wiring systems. Can this be done? Would it work?

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Installing GFSI outlets in old outlet boxes as a cheap quick way to upgrade safet

Adding GFCI's add personal safety but is not a solution for wiring hat old.

Jack

guy48065
Re: Installing GFSI outlets in old outlet boxes as a cheap quick way to upgrade safet

I've seen this discussed often on other forums & shows. Apparently GFCI's do function normally without a ground being present.

asb
Re: Installing GFSI outlets in old outlet boxes as a cheap quick way to upgrade safet

Thanks for the feedback, JLMcDaniel and guy48065. Assuming installing GFSIs increases personal safety but does NOT address other issues with such old wiring, what are the remaining issues that could be a problem?
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JLMCDANIEL
Re: Installing GFSI outlets in old outlet boxes as a cheap quick way to upgrade safet

The GFCI only protects you from what is plugged into it, it does not protect against shorts or grounds on wiring before the GFCI.

Jack

Re: Installing GFSI outlets in old outlet boxes as a cheap quick way to upgrade safet

Also, wiring without a ground does not allow static and lightning to be "drained" to safe levels.

Many electronic devices either won't work or burn out on un-grounded circuits.

asb
Re: Installing GFSI outlets in old outlet boxes as a cheap quick way to upgrade safet

Thanks, all!

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