How to Convert Two-Prong Outlets

three-prong power outlet

If you live in an older home, you may find that some of the outlets in your home only have two prongs instead of three. This can be inconvenient when you go to try and plug in appliances that need three prongs. However, there is a way that you can give these pesky two-prong outlets a makeover and turn them into a new and improved three-prong outlet! Rose Brothers & Sons Electric gives you the inside scoop on how to get the job done.

Converting from a two-prong outlet to a three-prong is definitely a good idea for both your convenience and your safety. Three-prong outlets are designed to have a fault path that prevents devices from shorting out, so they’re a lot safer for your home! According to Apartment Therapy, before you start rewiring your whole house or apartment, you should have an electrician inspect to see if your building’s fuse box has been grounded. Chances are if you only have two-prong plugs in your house, you can probably assume that it has not been grounded. However, always get your electrician’s approval before making any assumptions about your home’s wiring. This will help you in deciding what type of outlet to buy. If your electrician tells you that your home is not grounded, then you can install a GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) or have your electrician rewire the outlet.

If your house is grounded, then you can follow these steps, as recommended by This Old House:

  1. First you must turn off your fuse box and unscrew the old receptacle and detach the wires.
  2. Next, you attach the black wires to the brass terminal and the white wires to the silver terminal.
  3. After that you can tighten the ground screw to the threaded hole in the back of the box.
  4. Then, connect one end of the grounding wire to the green terminal on the three-prong receptacle and place it into the box.
  5. And last, but not least, turn on the power to make sure that the circuit is working properly.

This can be done on your own, but refer anyone to a trusted electrician instead of doing the work yourself if you ever at all feel uncomfortable. It’s always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to dealing with electricity! Rose Brothers & Sons Electric is your electrician in Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati and the surrounding areas.