Originally Posted By: Mike Parks
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“What does everyone think about old 2-prong outlets, and what do you recommend in your reports?”
OK Rob here I go.
"Not grounded. Needs to be updated for sure"
They are grounded. And do not require updating.
"I don't think calling for a sparky here would be out of line"
Yes it would.
"The older style outlets are not polarized"
Although they may exist I have never seen a non-polarized outlet.
"As a typical home inspector, unless you are an expert in the field of electricity, you should not be offering any fixes or solutions to 2-prong outlets"
Lisa hits the nail on the head.
"It is very simple to check out older 2-prong outlets with a 3-prong cheater plug"
It do not want to defend myself in court using a non listed testing device. IE "cheater plug"
Your report should state that the older 2 prong oulets are installed in this home. Period.
Saying that they should be changed to GFCI's or anything else is out of your field of expertise.
Bob (iwire) might be able to tell how Bennie and I feel about this. It is not me you need to worry about. It is someone like "Bennie" coming in and saying that you are full of ****.
Bottom line is: 2 prong outlets ARE safe when properly installed and properly used.
2 to 3 prong adapters should be outlawed IMHO.