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Decatur, GA
reply to ke4pym

Re: Keeping (upgrading) to (current) code - when does it apply?

When I had my service upgraded from the 1950's fuse box, the electrician had to make sure the rest of the house was updated, mostly that there were GFI's around wet areas. The inspector passed everything, but did make the electrician put a jumper wire between the hot and cold water pipes at the water heater to meet new code.

I would say that if it's going to be permitted and inspected, it probably will have to be updated. It won't take much. Ungrounded outlets still meet code for lamps and light duty loads in living rooms, dens and bedrooms, so not a whole lot has to be changed for an upgrade.