Knob & Tube Replacement
What Is It?
From 1880ís it was widely used through the 1930ís. In some locations
throughout Massachusetts, it has been installed into the late 1950ís. Years ago
there were few electrical appliances, electricity usage and loads were limited.
Knob & Tube was the best and only option.
The wires were spliced and soldered together inside walls, without junction
boxes and then wrapped with electrical tape. Wiring was rubber and cloth covered
#14 copper mounted on porcelain Knobs nailed to the wood studs and joists. When
required to pass through these members porcelain Tubes were inserted in holes
with the conductors inside. Knob and Tube wiring therefore never touched the
wood structure or plaster. Heat from load or overload dissipated in the air
space between rafters and partitions. These circuits originally could be fused
by 20 Amp plug fuses. Do not use fuses or breakers over 15 Amp today.
Visual inspection of conductors and splices can determine state of K&T integrity
nowadays. Conductors with bare or dry, crumbling or stiff insulation should be
replaced. These conditions resulted from over-current, shorts, improper fusing,
or high temperatures. Problems are usually found in switch, plug, and junction
boxes, in attics, furnace or boiler rooms and above the lights especially.
Why Replace It?
Massachusetts homeowners should have any active knob and tube wiring
inspected for safety. Electrical
Service Pros, Inc. recommends the removal and replacement of all knob and
tube wiring to upgrade to current electrical standards. Our professional
electricians can do this
electrical inspection for you and provide an expert opinion on replacement
of your knob and tube.
If you are looking for a professional electrician, please call us today at 877-240-VOLT or complete our online request form.
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