Changing a two-prong outlet into a three-prong outlet requires an unused ground wire that has been part of the electrical wiring of the house. Unwrap the ground wire behind a wall outlet and set up a working three-prong outlet with instruction from an experienced builder in this free video on home repair.
Two-prong, three-prong outlets. I'm Robert Markey and I've been doing construction for many years and we're going to talk about exchanging a three-prong for a two-prong outlet. The main issue here is going to be the ground wire. Before you start make sure if you change the outlet that the power is off. If you fix the breaker, the fuse or whatever. Pull the two-prong outlet off. Now, what you're going to end up with are the two wires to the outlet and the ground wire hopefully will be wrapped around at the base here because there is nowhere to put it. So, assuming there was a ground wire that's where it's going to be. If there was no ground wire and it's really that old there's nothing you can do about it. But, lets assume that it's there. The idea now is to unwrap this ground wire from where it was so you have access to it. At this point you're basically just taking your three-prong outlet box and you're going to wire this up. Make sure white goes to where white's supposed to go and black goes where black is supposed to go which will say on the back of the socket. White to white, black to black and here's the trick, the ground goes to, the ground wire which is usually green. It goes back in the box and put the cover on and there you have it. I'm Robert Markey and we've been talking about changing a two-prong to a three-pronged outlet.
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