I guess I'm just looking at it from the perspective of if I were the
prospective home buyer, ungrounded receps would be a sign that the
wiring needed to be upgraded and that would make me make a much lower
offer on the place if I were even to do so. In this particular instance
the wiring does not need to be replaced, so it's just a matter of
replacing the devices and getting rid of the issue entirely; for what
it'd cost *my* opinion is it'd be worth it; as to whether it'd be worth
it to any particular interested party, who can say?
replace "roosters" with "cox" to reply.
Few buyers would even understand the issue. And I
doubt a home inspector is going to flag it as if you use
self-grounding receptacles they are allowed under code.
I've used home inspectors several times and the most
they did with receptacles was to stick in one of those
quick testers that looks for proper polarity, ground, etc.
And they only did THAT on a few receptacles.
Many of these home inspectors can't find obvious
defects staring them in the face. If the home inspector
does flag it, the response back is to cite the NEC and
local electrical inspector if necessary, showing
that it meets code.
That's why I wouldn't get too involved in changing stuff
that might not need to be changed. I would fix obvious
things, like getting rid of those weird receptacles.
This house originally had pushbutton switches something like
Unfortunately, Dad didn't even keep them afaict when the folks updated
the house in the late '70s/early 80s. :(
*If the boxes are metal and are grounded, you can use self-grounding
receptacles and switches. That would be a lot easier than opening up old
I'm not sure why you plan to do all of this work. You can always try to
sell the house "As is". If you want to get the most money from the sale,
talk to a real estate agent or two from the area and they will tell you
exactly what to do to increase value and salability.
I have heard that certain lenders such as HUD and FHA have certain
requirements before they will extend a loan, but I would wait until you know
all of the facts.
If I'm reading your description correctly, the grounds are twisted and
soldered together with one of the wires continuing past that splice to
be screwed to the metal box. If this is the case I would remove that
screwed connection, twist on the new pigtail to the new receptacle and
top it off with one of the Ideal pre-fab ground wirenut pigtail
assemblies that has a green wire nut with a green wire coming out of the
end of the wire nut and terminating to a spade lug terminal which you
would screw to the box. I've been using those pigtail assemblies
extensively since I found them and really like them.
GFCIs in the kitchen, bathroom, basement and garage as applicable, and
those should be easy since you have grounded wiring already.
On those pushbutton switches, I'd be inclined to replace them all with
regular toggle or Decora style switches which will look more "up to
date" to potential buyers and barely knowledgeable home inspectors. I
suspect that the pushbutton switches and plates could fetch a few $ on
ebay from someone doing a restoration type project.
To make the job easier, consider clipping the solder joints, stripping
and using Wago push on connectors. They take up far less room in the
old boxes, and with 2,4,6,and 8 hole types can accommodate a lot of
unusual situations. They should be especially handy for pigtailing the
crowded boxes. Could save you a ton of time.
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