Hi Lahna, Homes built in the 60’s have only a two wire system with no ground wire in most circuits.
You may change the outlet to a three prong the ground prong will be grounded via the box it is attached to.
After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads. The house only has two prong outlets; it was built in the mid 1950's.
I pulled the outlet receptical, and notice that its a metal housing, there are five wires: your two black and two white wires and what appears to be a coppoer wire in the back.
I have a somewhat detailed question I need answered regarding grounded outlets.
I am working on a lengthy condo conversion project that was originally built in 1986.
Under normal conditions, there should never be any current on the ground wire.
Think of it as an emergency lane on the highway; things should work just fine without it, but when something goes wrong, you better have it.
The electrical code gives several options for this repair, which are listed under section 406.4(D) of the 2014 National Electric Code (NEC). NEC Section 406.4(D)(1) says that if a grounding path exists, it needs to be used.
Ground paths have been required throughout homes since 1962.
Make sure you use either a self grounding receptacle or use a short length of green wire to connect the receptacle's ground screw to the box. I agree that the best solution for you would be to install GFCI outlets in place of the 2 prong old style outlets you now have.
These do not provide a ground, but sense the difference in current between the hot and neutral sockets.
In the box with be a little sticker that says, "No Equipment Ground" apply that to the receptacle after you install it.