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post #31 of 35
I have the same problem...old house with old wiring. I have gone around and changed out all my outlets to grounded ones, just with no ground wire.

The biggest problem I had using adapters is they tend to to allow more "droop" which can cause it to not make good contact in the receptacle, which causes more heat as the current has to flow through a smaller area. In an older house like mine, I'll risk a shock over a fire any day. The ground wire is more to protect the user than to protect the equipment. Electricity will follow the path of least resistance, which would be back along the ground wire, rather than through a person. tongue.gif


Just my 2c worth...

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From what I've been reading online Those 3 to 2 prong adpater things arent the best and will not fix the problem 100%. If you wanted to have a 3 prong properly installed it isn't very simple it seems. You just have to make a tough decision I guess. The problem is if you get a surge of power the electricty has no where to go and will damage your computer. Thats basicly what I got from everything I looked up. Also using a surge protector will not work without a ground.
    
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simply put, the ground and the neutral side of your plug go to the same place in the breaker box, ground drop plugs are fine
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Thanks for the info everyone. I do have a 3 prong outlet in another in the kitchen. It's out the way sois it ok to use an industrial strength extension cord? Like thos think Orange ones?
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post #35 of 35
Extension cord is not the best either, the longer the cord, no matter what gauge, the weaker the current gets. The 2 prong in your room will work fine with the adapter, just get a good power strip with the built in breaker., Nothing over 15 amp though, since that is what i,m sure your outlet is. And as stated above-the neutral wire go,s to the ground bar in your breaker/ fuse box. And besides if your wirering is that old, chances are that your breaker/fuse box does not have a ground pole 8 feet deep out side your house, if your lucky it might be grounded to your main water line.

Your neutral wire is realy a ground, unless it is being used as a switch leg or a duel pole line. Other name for that wire is called common wire.

P.S. lol-no you cant fry your computer becuz of static from your carpet just by touching the case.
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