Wiring Experts Fort Dodge IA

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Aa Electric Inc
(515) 576-5037
605 S 22nd Street
Fort Dodge, IA
Heating & Air Conditioning Contractors, Electric Contractors, Generator Parts Service & Repair
New Construction

Cardinal Electric
(515) 573-5528
1633 9th Avenue North
Fort Dodge, IA
Ross Electric
(515) 573-5622
567 South 25th Street
Fort Dodge, IA
Wyatt Ty Electric LLC
(515) 576-4776
1727 13th Avenue Southwest
Fort Dodge, IA
Electrical Advantage Incorporated
(515) 576-3242
1603 3rd Avenue North
Fort Dodge, IA
Bemrich Electric and Telephone
(515) 955-3257
Fort Dodge, IA
Commercial/Institutional, Industrial, Residential

Larsen Electric Motor Service Inc
(515) 573-7331
1229 1st Avenue North
Fort Dodge, IA
Schott Electric
(515) 576-6763
1608 Rolling Hills Drive
Fort Dodge, IA
Kaderabek Electric Service Inc
(515) 576-4801
1416 5th Avenue South
Fort Dodge, IA
Bemrich Electric and Telephone Inc
(515) 955-3257
110 South 21st Street
Fort Dodge, IA

Adding a ground to your outlets

Your house has old wiring, and your outlets don't have the third slot for the ground prong. What can you do? How do you go about adding a ground wire or ground connection to your outlets?

First, why have a ground? The ground wire was added for personal protection. Appliances that have the third prong for the ground, have a portion of the equipment, or casing connected to that ground prong. Then if there are any wires inside the appliance that get loose, and make contact with the casing, the current will flow through the ground wire, instead of you. Without the ground connection, you may well be the best or only path to ground, and you can receive a shock.

So, for your protection, it is a good thing to have grounded outlets where ever you use anything that comes with the ground prong.

Older wiring didn't have the ground.. as the years went by, standards changed, and while it is not usually required to upgrade your house, it is still a good idea. As with all wiring, make sure you are only working on dead, de-energized circuits. Check with your local building inspector to determine if any permits are required or inspections.

Well, perhaps the best way, if access allows, new wire can be run that has a ground. At the entrance box (where your fuses or breakers are), the ground wire will attach to the grounding bar, which in many cases is the same as, or connected to, the neutral bar. Then, in your outlets, the ground wire can be attached to the green ground screw of the new grounded receptacles.

Some homes without the ground wire, may be wired with BX or armored cable. This is the cable with the flexible metal casing around the wire. If this is the supply to your outlets, and it runs from your metal boxes all the way to your entrance box (where your fuses are), you are in luck. The outer casing of this wire can serve as the ground. For you to use this as the ground, your entrance box should be connected to ground (it usually is) and the BX cable connected to metal receptacle boxes in your walls. You should test this first be verifying that the voltage between the hot lead and the box is 110 V. The new grounded outlets should be wired from the green ground screw to a screw into the metal receptacle box.

Perhaps one of the cheapest and simplest ways to address this is by using a ground fault interrupter or GFI also known as a GFCI outlet. This is a good choice for many hard to re-wire cases. Instead of running a ground wire, or connecting a ground connection to the outlet, you will rely on the GFI function to provide the personal protection. It is not the same thing, but for most instances it is better. A GFI breaker or outlet will trip when there is not the same amount of current flowing in both electrical lines. So, if there is a loose wire, and some of the current starts to travel into the casing (toward you), it will trip and stop all current flow. Better than just letting it travel to...

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