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Any danger from using adapters for ungrounded outlets?

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I just moved into a new place this week and the outlet situation is much less than ideal. There is one grounded outlet in the whole house that isn't being used by appliances. I got some adapters that have a little metal loop that connects the ground of a power cable to the small bolt that holds the faceplate of the outlet on. All of my electronics are plugged in to either an APC power strip or APC UPS. What concerns me is that the "site wiring fault" light on all of the power strips/UPS are on. I know that the adapters don't a good ground, but it is better than nothing, I'm just concerned for the well being of my hardware. Is there much danger from using these kind of adapters? Will my power strips/UPS do a good job protecting my electronics even if the ground is less than good?
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Fire hazard. If you're renting, complain to the landlord.
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Fire hazard. If you're renting, complain to the landlord.

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Yeah, I'm renting. Based on my experience thus far, landlords don't really care about student tenants, overcharge for crappy places that are close to campus and do anything they can do save money. I tried looking up housing codes for my area and got sick of looking through a 1000 page pdf which almost entirely dealt with requirements for businesses and new establishments. If my landlord doesn't legally have to do anything, she won't.
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If there is a shortage of grounded outlets I would be more concerned that they were not wired correctly. I have seen tons and tons of older homes where the contractors or owners wanted to update the outlets and did so.... WITHOUT actually grounding the outlet to a common ground.

Basically they would take a two pole outlet and wire with a three pole outlet (failing to ground it), adding new cover plates and voila... modern times !

Well not quite... an ungrounded outlet isn't a complete fire hazard but it certainly is a shock-you-until-you-pee-yourself hazard or a zap-your-expensive_equipment-until-it-smokes ....

110/115V is not enough to kill you in normal situations at 10-15A.... 20A+ then yes LOL

Also another thing to consider is what gauge wire was used........ Many folks load up outlets with splitters, power strips etc.... This is not very SAFE at all as the wiring design (thin wires, bare wire + ceramic insulators) was done at a time where there weren't many high Amp devices around. Loading these up can heat the wires up significantly to the point of fire w/o tripping a breaker or blowing a fuse.

The correct way to go would be to buy a few GFCI (Ground Fault Common Interrupt) outlets and install them.

A surge supressor alone is usually a 3 pole lead... that would be hard to fit into a two pole outlet wink.gif
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A surge supressor alone is usually a 3 pole lead... that would be hard to fit into a two pole outlet wink.gif

Right, which is why we have some of these at the moment.

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I'll talk to my landlord but I'm betting she won't pay to have anything installed and won't let us touch anything since we aren't electricians.
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110/115V is not enough to kill you in normal situations at 10-15A.... 20A+ then yes LOL

Less than an amp of alternating current can cause fibrillations, which can quickly kill you.
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Less than an amp of alternating current can cause fibrillations, which can quickly kill you.

True.... but electricity follows the path of least resistance which is RARELY directly through the heart wink.gif

Usually through one hand and out the foot or whatever the least restrictive path to ground is.

I've grabbed a hold of both leads while wiring a new house and somebody flipped the breaker on. Let me tell you I couldnt let go of the wires and it shocked me stupid ......... but I survived since it passed through my hand and back out my same hand.

I did stutter for a few hours however afterward LOL 20A @ 115V for what seemed like an eternity but in actuality was only a few seconds.

ALSO: Be sure to screw the adapter into the outlets faceplate. These things usually pop right out pretty easily and cause more harm then anything else as they wiggle in and out surging juice on and off to your gear.
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