Although many of the original two-prong outlets in a rental property (built around 1958) have been replaced with three-prong ones almost none of them are actually grounded (the couple that are grounded appear to be in a non-original addition to the property), as our outlet tester indicated an open ground on these outlets. We would like to plug electronics like TVs, game consoles, etc. into some of these outlets. I understand there to be a risk of ESD damage to the device if we were to plug in the electronics into the outlet as is, in addition to the increased risk of electrical shock by a metallic malfunctioning device.
So what kind of DIY solutions do we have to choose from, and in what order of preference should we opt for one solution over another? Since this is a rental, we would like to stay away from expensive solutions like tearing down walls or having the entire house re-wired.
Possible solutions I've seen suggested: (apparently some of these solutions may or may not be good ideas?)
- Check for unused grounding wire, and connect if found (great option, but I suspect we will not find such wiring based on the age of the building)
- Replace receptacle with ungrounded GFCI outlet
- Connect a ground wire from the outlet plug to it's box (presuming we discover the box is metal not plastic) and use the box for ground
- Ignore the lack of proper ground and cross our fingers none of our electronics get damaged
- Run an extension cord from a properly grounded outlet in a non-original part of the house to where the electronics will be?
- Something else?