Hopefully I am posting in the right place. I wanted to ask a few questions from knowledgeable people.
I am renting an old house with old wiring. When upgrading some outlets in an unfinished basement to 3 pronged grounded outlets, I discovered that someone was confused about polarity and thought it was acceptable to connect the ground directly to neutral on the outlet. i.e. bootleg ground
After seeing this, I checked the outlets in the kitchen and sure enough they all had bootleg grounds. So far I have:
- removed the bootleg grounds
- left 3 pronged outlets that were GFCI protected and labeled them no equipment ground
— one of the 3 pronged outlets that was already GCI protected is connected to the fridge
- replaced the other outlets with 2 pronged outlets with correct polarization
The landlord told me that a certified contractor told him (after asking about the bootleg ground issue) that a surge protector would offer protection in tandem with a bootleg ground.
I think there may be some mis-communication. To me, that’s like someone saying it’s ok to point a gun at someone as long as it’s unloaded- no harm no foul.
Aside from being scared that grounds may be connected to neutral where I can’t see them, and heavily painted outlets (hard to get to) may have reversed polarity, I wanted to double-check that I’m doing the right thing by removing any bootleg grounds I am aware of.
Thank you, Rob