If I have an old house, as in 80 years old (the wiring is newer than that), and it only has two wires, hot and neutral, no ground, can I connect newer things like ceiling fans or hanging lights?
The house wiring isn't 80, but it is old enough to have Wadsworth breakers. The outlets are not grounded, and someone said if I get GFCI outlets this will ground the outlet (put on in each room they said.) One person said if I don't, my computer and electronics will get surges or fry. The house is grounded, but not the receptacles.
I really did not want to rewire the whole house. The wiring itself is good, not paper sheathing the electrician said. This particular electrician said it would be "ok" and he wouldn't worry about plugging in things like computers or get a UPS. The electrician also said even though a couple of the GFCI outlets in a bathroom were ten years old that they still trip and are ok.
Does the house have to be rewired to use modern electrical devices (lights, tv, refrigerators, computers, etc.)?