I was looking at a for-sale rental this weekend that had a curious situation. The upstairs back room had three plugs, the house is over 50 years old, and I was going through with my tester checking for proper ground, and one plug was out of the box and only had two wires in, with the earth ground pigtailed to the neutral so when you tested the plug it shows good. On most older breaker boxes, the earth and netural are connected to the same ground post system, but there has to be something wrong with this according to code. Only the back room of this house was like this, I'm guessing they got lazy or it was too difficult to pull new wire back there. I am wondering from the electricians why this is not to code, a quick check would show it is acceptable. The house was priced too high for me, but I was wondering the reasoning for this.
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