i have a home with ungrounded outllets, (build in 1954). I have paid an electrician to ground the outlets. When done I realized the electrician installed two GFCI's which are not grounded and says the house is now grounded. Is this a legitimate method of grounding. All of the info I have read states a repair like this is non-grounded and must be labeled as such. Please help.
Hi, I'm Mike and I'll be glad to assist you. The outlet are protected but not grounded. The installation of the GFCI's is an exception in the code to provide protection from shock only. Not being grounded the use of the outlet by electronics, such as computer, offer that equipment no protection. You are correct that all the protected outlet on the circuit must be identified as "GFCI protected - No ground" by Code.
Being that I paid this "electrician" $1000 for this repair is there something I can do. I am not satisfied and the result will be me spending more money to correct this issue. If it helps I live in texas.
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I don't understand your dissatisfaction with my answer. I told you exactly what it is and answered you point by point. You have a problem with the man who did the work and I'm not him. The correction is a matter of labeling the outlets as stated to comply with code.I suggest that the only thing to do is to call your local electrical inspector and lodge a complaint. Good Luck.
Mike is correct, I must say my own home was built in 1950 I have ungrounded outlets as well, all of them. In compliance with code I removed the first outlet in line on the circuit and replaced it with a gfci outlet and all down stream on those circuits were replaced with 3 prong outlet with out ground, now they should be labeled with a sticker letting you know they are ungrounded, mine are not (it is simply a sticker no function other than a warning) The reason I chose to do this in my Own home is expense, even with me replacing this wiring my self it would be extremely expensive and time consuming, I do plan to do this slowly in sections, but all at once it could exceed $10000 very easily. Always, always, always get permits and have work inspected!!!!