Thanks for the input, everyone. I spent over half a day and didn’t get all the receptacle problems fixed. The house had already failed an inspection and, it turns out, for good reason. I can hardly believe that you guys are lucky enough to look at that kind of stuff every day.
Cameron C. Anderson, I agree that a gfi on a 2 wire circuit is an ugly fix. However, I believe that if the solutions are too expensive, home owners will find a way to get by and they can always find something uglier. Getting a ground wire to a receptacle can be costly.
Kevin Wood, re: AFCI on bedrooms in older homes, for information purposes. Some AFCIs don’t play well with lights and most houses have lights and plugs on the same circuit. Add to that the fact that they cannot protect a 3 wire circuit (3 wire cable with two hots and one neutral), and they are a fix that is likely to get removed, or worse. A receptacle added to a bedroom, regardless of the circumstances, must be AFCI protected.
Bryce W. Jeffrey, you are correct, as pointed out by Mr Wood, about existing 2 wire receptacles, as far as I know, in all Canada.
When I started checking circuits I found that every circuit (4 total) had at least one 3 prong plug installed. The fix that I decided on was to pull those circuits out of the panel and install dead front GFI protection on the entire circuits. I dislike replacing the first receptacle with GFI protection for the down-stream receptacles, because it’s too hard to find the problem when the GFI trips. That being said, I grounded the receptacle used for the fridge and protected a couple downstream receptacles with a GFI receptacle.
I’m hoping the next home inspector takes the time to trip the GFI protection before he writes his report about missing grounds.
As an added note about installing a ground to an ungrounded receptacle, it’s acceptable to bond to an adjacent metal cold-water pipe. With plumbers replacing pieces of water line with Pex, that is probably a less desirable fix than GFI protection.
Again, thanks for your input. I enjoyed your forum and will stop by once in a while to see what’s happening.