Updating 2 prong electrical outlets
If the GFCI won't fit because there are too many wires in the box, you would have to have an Electrician install a new, larger electrical box.
Start the GFCI install by using needle nose pliers to bend the ends of the two existing wires into a u-shape, so they can fit snugly under each outlet screw.
Most of today's appliance cords contain a three prong plug and it becomes a nuisance when homeowners (of ungrounded electrical systems) are attempting to locate three socket outlets for the grounded plugs.
So they replace the two slotted ungrounded outlet with a grounded type outlet and it now becomes much more convenient for them to utilize these outlets in their home.
The ungrounded outlets are easily distinguishable by their two slot configuration verses the newer grounded type of outlets that have the two slots with a hole (ground socket) centered under the slots.
For this particular article, I will refer to these outlets as UNGROUNDED outlets and GROUNDED outlets.
So, if a ground fault did occur, and some of the current starts to travel into the casing (toward you), a functional GFCI will automatically trip and stop all current flow, avoiding an electrical shock.
A GFCI outlet will trip (shut down) when there is a difference in the amount of current flowing through the neutral side of the electrical wiring.But...these upgraded outlets are still grounded without upgrading the entire branch wire that feeds the outlet.
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