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RE: ANyone shuld inspect ALL duplex and switches when moving in...

Having lived in plenty of 40 to 70 year old buildings.. I have to say EVERY single duplex in the places I move into is toast. IE worn out, and or broken. The fact is if the duplex works at all, it will not be replaced by a landlord.

Curious, how many of those duplex receptacles you changed out, without the landlords knowledge or permission, were 2 wire non grounding type duplex receptacles?

The fact the old receptacles contacts were worn out hardly justifies replacing a 2 wire duplex receptacle with a 3 wire grounding type receptacle.



Worrying about a 20 amp duplex as 1 in 40,000,000 compared to 100% of worn out crap waiting for a fire due to the incredibly poor connection at the duplex...


I doubt if your landlord or his insurance company would agree.

For what it's worth new residential dwelling units being built today have branch circuit AFCI (Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter) protection. IF a receptacle contacts pressure becomes poor and series or parallel arcing occurs between the plug blades and receptacle contacts, or anywhere from the AFCI branch circuit breaker in the electrical panel, to any line side arcing connected load the breaker will trip open. That's today. Who knows what safety electrical codes/standards will be required 3 years from now, let alone 40 years from now.


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