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Jim's Daily Rant. Shocked By An Electrical Wall Outlet Shortage.

A month ago I needed 2 wall outlets. I purchased 5 from the local hardware.

I discovered none of them had grounds on them. I threw them in the garbage.

Several days ago my son asked me to do free wiring for his new room addition.

I gave him a material list (without thinking).

Sure enough he too came home with non-grounded outlets.

I am not an electrician, but I haven't seen ungrounded outlets since the 60s.

I had to go to a different store to purchase what was needed.

When I got home I checked the code. Ungrounded outlets were outlawed in 1962!


I was right in my initial impression of them - the hardware company cannot get product.

Welcome to a new world.

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