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Old 05-27-2007, 06:17 PM   #1
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Default Electrical wiring is not properly grounded in my apartment

Hello,

I bought a surge protector. The user guide says that it can be used
only if the wiring is properly grounded in the apartment otherwise it
cannot protect against surges properly and the warranty is no good. A
green light indicates this on the surge protector. When lit electrical
wiring is properly grounded. I tried all the outlets in my apartment
and the green light was never lit in any of them.

What are my options?

Is there a special surge protector which works properly in such conditions?

What happens if I still use my surge protector? I suppose it is still
better to use it then not at all for protecting my computers, right?
It is still better than nothing, isn't it?

Can an electrician fix a problem like this? If yes does anyone have
any idea what the cost could be for grounding the wiring?

Thanks,

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Old 05-27-2007, 06:25 PM   #2
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Default Re: Electrical wiring is not properly grounded in my apartment

i would have an electrician look into this problem immediatly , not only is it a concern for your equipment but it is also a safety concern , is it an old house which hasnt been re-wired or not been re wired for a long time , this may explain why
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Old 05-27-2007, 06:40 PM   #3
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that needs to be sorted.. get an electrician in..

grounding is kinda impoartant..
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Old 05-27-2007, 06:43 PM   #4
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that needs to be sorted.. get an electrician in..

grounding is kinda impoartant..
yes it is you should call the manager of your apartment i think that all bathroom and kitchen outlets must be grounded according to most(pretty sure all) states(in the US) building codes
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Old 05-28-2007, 08:49 AM   #5
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Default Re: Electrical wiring is not properly grounded in my apartment

To have the wiring of an apartment / home ect.. to have it grounded is definetly a must. I don't see how it got past the inspectors when the apartment was built.

Anyways, in the mean while i would use those surge protectors you have even if they are not showing the green light of protection. They are really inportant in protecting against lightning and power surges.

like the other's have said, i would check with your local electric company, and ask them for advise.
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