Two prong outlet to a three prong outlet: illegal?
April 15, 2008 6:48 AM Subscribe
Is it a NEC
violation to simply change a non-grounded, two-prong electrical outlet with a three-prong outlet? Is it bad enough to use as leverage in price negotiation of a house?
posted by Plinko to home & garden (27 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm currently in the negotiation stage of buying a house, and closing is actually tomorrow. It seems like every step of the way I discover a way that the seller has cut corners. The house in question was listed as "completely renovated" with no mention of the fact that nothing in the house is grounded. Even so, they changed every two-prong outlet with a three-prong outlet and apparently hoped that no one wouldn't notice. Even their shady electrician said it was no big deal (as long as I used a "power strip" -- yeah okay, sure).
But I noticed. And I looked up our county building code & the National Electric Code. And then I checked a few more sources. Everything I read says that this is a code violation and a safety hazard.
Today at 4pm, we're meeting with the seller, my Realtor, and a neutral electrician at the house. We plan on having him reinspect the situation and explain to the Seller what they've done is a code violation. Then I plan on asking them to give me an additional 3000 US at closing to compensate this (among other things).
Is what they've done truly a violation? Is this worth contacting Consumer Affairs? Suable? [Not that I would, but it could be a bargaining tool.] Any other ammunition that the AskMeFi collective can offer?