My previous house was a homestead house built in 1955. It had three
different foundations, a nearly flat roof, and the back half of the
house wired with two conductor wiring (no U ground outlets). I
bought it in 1996 and FHA gave me a waver on the wiring and also a
non-standard indoor door opening. I did got thru the house to clear
ground faults and found one dead outlet with wires burned away. I
trimmed/taped them and place a blank cover on that outlet. Bathroom
had no ground-fault outlets (another code violation) which I disabled
to get wiring to pass inspection. We sold it and moved in 2006.
Its because of these potential (no pun) errors in wiring that I do
not recommend connecting your antistatic devices to the green safety
ckt of the house wiring. Absolute ground is not necessary; only that
there is not voltage potential between components being
installed. Why I also suggest unhooking dc power leads to any PS
during sensitive component work.
If you start checking outlets you may be in for surprise how few are
correctly installed. A simple plug in the outlet ckt tester will
show ground faults (from Lowes or Home Depot for $12). Best purchase
for determining if outlets are hot.
73, Ed - KL7UW
"Kits made by KL7UW"
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