Why Grounded Power Cords are Necessary

There are some frustrations that come with the territory of living in an old house. I live in one of four apartments in a house that was built in the 1890s. It’s a nice-looking Victorian, complete with radiators instead of forced-air, buzzers instead of door bells and highly-ornate, ungrounded outlets instead of grounded, highly-functional outlets. Some of my outlets are even arranged in a pattern that I don’t think gets made any more (the prongs, I would imagine, would have to be arranged in a cross shape). To my chagrin, every time I go to plug in a cord with a grounding pin, I have to check around the other outlets to find my grounded pin adapter, which makes a grounded cord connectable with an ungrounded outlet. Why are grounded connections Continue reading