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Electrical outlets that put safety first

Installation easy with basic wiring skills
Published on May 20, 2009

Q: I was hoping you guys could tell your readers what the benefits would be in installing GFCI electrical outlets even if there is no grounding wire. There are probably many homeowners who would be willing to install GFCIs themselves but who aren't able to install a grounding wire or are unwilling to pay an electrician to install one. I purchased a package of three that came with little stickers to put on the outlet if it is not grounded. Maybe you could suggest the best locations to install them (bathroom, by kitchen sink, by laundry tub)? A: Great suggestion. The benefit is summed up in one word: safety. Ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) are essential to a safe residential electrical system, especially an older one. At one time or another every owner of an older home has pondered why their receptacles have two prongs when most appliances are equipped with three-pronged plugs. Back in our "rookie" days we used our fair share of plug adapters to make the ...

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