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#102362 - 01/26/06 10:39 AM Ground adapters
SvenNYC Offline

Registered: 08/19/02
Posts: 1685
Loc: New York City
I thought that the sale and use of these ground-adapter devices was illegal in Canada.

Why then is this beastie being sold at a large chain like Rona?

[This message has been edited by SvenNYC (edited 01-26-2006).]

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#102363 - 01/26/06 04:26 PM Re: Ground adapters
bigrockk Offline

Registered: 01/25/03
Posts: 175
Loc: Middle of Canada
Hmmm, Good question.

To be honest I didn't know that they were illegal in Canada.

Wouldn't you think there would be liability issues with producing and selling items such as these?

#102364 - 01/27/06 12:47 PM Re: Ground adapters

Registered: 10/22/03
Posts: 178
Loc: toronto canada
Just what is this device?

#102365 - 01/27/06 01:43 PM Re: Ground adapters
SvenNYC Offline

Registered: 08/19/02
Posts: 1685
Loc: New York City
It enables you to plug a three-pin grounding plug into a two-pin socket.

#102366 - 01/27/06 05:17 PM Re: Ground adapters
Sandro Offline

Registered: 12/30/01
Posts: 449
Loc: Stoney Creek, ON, Canada
AKA a "cheater" plug.

#102367 - 01/27/06 05:49 PM Re: Ground adapters
copperjockey Offline

Registered: 01/23/06
Posts: 12
Loc: oakville,ON,Canada
NOOOoooooooooo not that thing! Obviously if the outlet has no ground prong the coverplate screw isn't grounded either! What a pointless invention!!!

#102368 - 01/29/06 04:31 PM Re: Ground adapters
Rewired Offline

Registered: 01/01/06
Posts: 567
Loc: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Caught my neighbour with one of them things plugged into a cheap paragon 2-prong lamp timer, used the rig to time his block heater on his car... VERY dangerous as the entire automobile is not grounded and sitting on 4 rubber "insulators"...

I always thought those things were NOT availible in canada and were actually "illegal"... I have seen them here but i always thought they worked their way up from across the border... I have never seen one on a shelf in a store actually and if so in my mind they SHOULD be banned... They are just too dangerous..
If you have an old ungrounded outlet and no ground present, just replace it with a GFI receptacle, OR GFI protect the entire circuit and install 3-pronger receptacles marked " NO EQUIPMENT GROUND"... Its code legal and at least if there IS a fault and you become the "ground", you will be better off and "code legal"



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