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Kevin, Licensed Electrical Contractor
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Experience:  30 years Licensed Electrical Contractor in Illinois, Adjunct College Electrical Instructor, Former Electrical Inspector, Diploma: Digital Electronics, FCC Technician License
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We are considering buying a house with the old two wire

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We are considering buying a house with the old two wire system. If we get the old federal pacific stab lock panel replaced with a new panel and CAFCI and Gfci combo breakers, would we be in in a position where we could safely run sensitive electronics (smart tvs, gaming computers ect) would this also be safer?
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Electrical
Expert:  Kevin replied 3 months ago.

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1) Yes, since the branch circuits are only a 2 wire and no equipment ground, combo AFCI/GFCI breakers will be required.

2) The downstream receptacles can then be changed fro m2 prong over to 3 prong receptacles and the GFCI protection will then be code compliant.

3) You also might want to consider a UPS system for the entertainment components. A UPS will protect against power surges and also provide battery backup during a power outage. UPS's are rated in watts and run time. Total up the wattage of each component and then decide on the quantity of back-up minutes you want in the event of the loss of commercial power during a storm.

Expert:  Kevin replied 3 months ago.

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Expert:  Kevin replied 3 months ago.

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