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Probably not the best place to ask, but everybody on this forum has been super helpful and more knowledgeable than any other place I know of.

So I'm moving to a new to me house that has antiquated wiring. Every outlet is 2 prong, and there is no ground wire to be found after taking an outlet out. I don't get ground at the box in the wall either.

I don't want to use a 3-2 prong adapter because it would be useless in this situation without a true ground.

I don't want to start running wires through the walls and coduit, down to the basement, and to the box to establish ground as I'm only renting. The landlord is family so they don't care if I do things that aren't exactly up to code, as long as I put them back when I move out.

Can I just run some solid 12 gauge wire from the grounding screw of the new outlet to a cold water pipe or heater registers and call it a day? I tested the outlet with 1 probe on hot and 1 on pipe, got ground. Also 1 on hot and 1 on register, grounded as well.

Is it safe to have insulated wire running along a baseboard? I mean, it's only a ground wire.. not like it would get any power through it.
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In theory it should be completely fine. It may be better to connect it to the box than to water pipes, for fear of corrosion, but I don't see there being any problems with your idea.

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