how do you fix an open ground on a three prong plug when there is no ground wire in the wire feeding the wall plug??
- mark_pocLv 64 months ago
You have two choices: either run an equipment grounding conductor from your outlet all the way back to the main panel and ground it there (the best preferred method). Or, for safety, replace the outlet with a GFCI outlet. A GFCI outlet will work just fine without a ground connection and provide shock protection to make up for there being no ground wire. However, you should put a sticker on the three prong GFCI outlet that says, "No equipment ground". These stickers (more than one) come with the GFCi outlet.
If you have other outlets on the same circuit, you can place the GFCI at the start of the string of outlets and then all of the outlets "downstream" will also be protected in the same manner. Then you can use the 3 prong outlets so long as you have two stickers on each outlet, one that says "No equipment ground" and the other that says " GFCI protected". These stickers come with the outlet.
This procedure is legal according to the National Electrical Code and most likely is legal with your local codes - but check anyway to be sure it's legal in your area.
- ProfGene.TogolotLv 74 months ago
You could ground the wire itself or use a cheat which most of the time works but if you do don't run a device that requires lots of power or you might short out your device or even start a fire but for low voltage devices it is usually safe.
- KateLv 74 months ago
Get an Electrician. It is very dangerous for someone with no knowledge to do this.
- champerLv 74 months ago
Are you talking about the wire from the appliance, gadget or whatever it is to the plug? If it's something like a light it usually doesn't need a ground as they are double insulated. That's why there isn't one.
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- Aussie DevilLv 64 months ago
you don't because that light does not need a earth
- STEVEN FLv 74 months ago
IF the wiring is in metal conduit, the conduit may be grounded. If that is the case, connecting the ground wire to the conduit will ground the outlet.
If not, the only way to create a ground is to run a grounded wire back to the panel.
- princess pounderLv 74 months ago
The fact is that some older homes do not have grounds in the outlets. That came later. Millions of home did not, and still do not have grounds in the outlets. So its up to you to use it as is or not.
- Anonymous4 months ago
Run a separate green ground wire ...................................
- Spock (rhp)Lv 74 months ago
maybe depends on construction methods. Example: one house i looked into, built in the 1950s, had metal conduit for the electrical everywhere with what looked like THHN wires inside it. turned out the conduit was grounded [multimeter test hot to conduit and found 110v potential]. i looked further and found that the conduit was continuous back to the old breaker box and it, too, was grounded. Otherwise, you need to run a separate ground wire from a known ground, such as the breaker box.
Hint: a GFCI outlet will actually work if you wire the green ground to the neutral. It isn't as safe and the guarantee/warranty is void ... but it'll work. this because, in the breaker box all the ground wires [green or bare] and all the neutral wires [white] are wired together into the grounding block.Source(s): grampa
- A.J.Lv 74 months ago
You have old wiring in only two wires. That outlet should only be a two prong.
You can discuss it with an electrician if you own the home.