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Electrical wiring is not properly grounded in my apartment.

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Herringtrader, May 27, 2007.

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  1. Herringtrader

    Herringtrader Thread Starter

    Aug 18, 2006

    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?


  2. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Oct 19, 2002
    First off, the surge protector will do little or nothing without a proper ground connection.

    If this is an apartment you rent, I'm fairly certain that this is an issue that the landlord should address. It's a safety issue, since the wiring doesn't meet the local building codes. You shouldn't have to pay anything to get this fixed.

    The cost could range from insignificant to thousands of dollars, it all depends on the current state of the wiring.
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