December 8, 2013 2:43 PM Subscribe
I just moved into a new room in a shared house, only to quickly realize none of the outlets in my room (except for one) is 3-Pronged. Until an electrician comes in to update it, how can I hook up my computer equipment safely?
posted by hellojed to Home & Garden (15 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
There is a single 3-prong outlet in the room, in the base of the light socket in my closet. I've been told by the landlady to find a 2 prong power-strip with 3 prong outlets (do those even exist?) or possibly use a Cheater Plug (which I have done before but I'd rather not)
I think my best option is to run an extension cord from the closet outlet and into a power strip. But I'm not sure if that'll over load the outlet since it's a closet light socket. I have my laptop hooked into it now, and it seems fine.
My 2nd best option is to use 2-3 prong Cheater Plug adapter, but that's of dubious safety. I'd rather not.
There's a 3 prong wall outlet over my sink in my bathroom, which i could run an extension chord from, I am obviously not a fan of this plan.
Obviously I'm going to ask her to bring an electrician in to update the room, but she's out of state for a month or more dealing with a family emergency. So whatever solution I find is going to be temporary, but I need my desktop up and running, the sooner the better.