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Retrofit for old 2 Wire Romex #182070 11/17/08 12:48 PM
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Tammy Gammon Offline OP
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Hi,

Besides replacing old 2 wire Romex, are there any retrofit techniques available?

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Re: Retrofit for old 2 Wire Romex [Re: Tammy Gammon] #182076 11/17/08 02:15 PM
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There are ways you can run a separate EGC to each box in most cases but the only real thing you are saving is the cost of the wire. I bet the labor is a wash.


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Re: Retrofit for old 2 Wire Romex [Re: gfretwell] #182081 11/17/08 05:03 PM
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Depending on what you consider retrofitó It is permitted to protect the circuit with a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter type circuit breaker and this would allow you to install a 3 wire receptacle (2 wire w/ ground) on the circuit and this would be code compliant, if that's what you were interested in. Beyond that, I agree with Greg.


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Re: Retrofit for old 2 Wire Romex [Re: George Little] #182090 11/17/08 08:27 PM
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Usually when I hear this question it is because the customer wants to install something that needs a ground. Most stuff in a home has a 2 prong plug so it is not an issue but when you are installing computers that need surge/EMI protection or equipment with grounded cases there is nothing better than a real hard wire ground ... even if the code allows GFCIs.
Bear in mind, in most cases the fault will go through the user to operate the GFCI. I hope they know to test them often.


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