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I live in an apartment bldg that is ~50 years old. Because of this I have no three prong outlets. How much good is it going to do me to purchase a high grade surge protector given these circumstances? If I buy expensive components for my HT am I risking serious damage? TIA
 

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"Because of this I have no three prong outlets. How much good is it going to do me to purchase a high grade surge protector given these circumstances?"


A large amount of surge protectors divert the surge voltage to ground. Since you don't have a ground (third prong) they won't be able to offer any protection.


Brickwall surge suppressors *might* work for you but you should talk to one of their applications guys to find out for sure.

http://www.sellcom.com/brickwall.html


I use a pair of their 15 amp audio models in my system.


For safety reasons you may need to install a ground anyway otherwise your entire system will be floating and potentially dangerous.


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Thaks for the reply Shawn. I called them and they told me that their product would indeed work in my situation, albeit not ideally. Just in case I get ambitious (not too likely) how would I go about grounding maybe one or two outlets (without tearing out the walls)?
 

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Take a light bulb and connect one lead to the hot side and the other lead to a water pipe. Does it light up the same brightness of when put in the neutral? Theres a good ground. Also try from the hot to the screw on the cover plate. It may be the box the outlet is in is already grounded, all you need is a trip to home depot to get the right plug.
 
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