Your home's electrical system is nothing to play around with. Do-it-yourself is not recommended. Always hire a licensed, insured electrician for any electrical repairs or upgrades. Your family's safety is certainly worth that much. Many unqualified handymen have done electrical work on older homes through the years. Our electricians come accross the evidence of these dangerous conditions every day.Read More >
Over the last several years, more and more insurance companies are refusing to insure homes with Knob and Tube wiring. This is not surprising as this wiring is extremely old and dangerous. This wiring was used in homes until approximately the 1950's. It is now extremely old and may have been subjected to extensive damage from contractors extending circuits over the years, which increases the possibility of poor connections. These problems can cause the wiring to short circuit or overheat. This wiring is not grounded, which increases the chances of shock and electrical fire. It should never be used in kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms or outdoors. The amperage is inadequate, so many contractors installed fuses with resistances that were too high for the wiring. This caused the fuses not to blow as often, but also causes heat damage.Read More >
Knob and Tube wiring was installed in homes from about 1880 to 1940. This type of wiring has no grounding conductor and the insulation surrounding the wire is itself a fire hazard. There are toomany reasons that this wiring is unsafe today to possibly mention them all. Knob and Tube wiring is not allowed in any new construction and many insurance companies are now denying coverage to homes with Knob and Tube wiring. This wiring was never designed to meet the needs of today's electrical devices. It's age alone is more than enough reason to replace it.
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According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), there are 28,600 electrical fires in the United States every year. Pair that statistic with the fact that these fires cause over $1 billion in property damages and you’ve got some astonishing figures. So, what are the top causes of electrical fires and how can you prevent them from happening? Find out below:Read More >
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Learn what Knob and Tube is and how it affects home ownership. 7 common issues with K&T wiring arelisted below.
Owning a home is a significant investment and when managed correctly can reap substantial rewards now and in the future. Home ownership provides stability and security for your family and establishes a connection to your community. It impacts almost every facet of your life today and is a major factor in future financial plans.
Owners of older homes know that maintenance and upkeep are essential to protect your family and investment. For homes built prior to the 1950s, owners should be aware that their home could contain outdated knob and tube wiring (K&T). Replacing K&T wiring can help increase the value, safety, and functionality of your home.
- This is the electrical version of Beta vs VHS. This plug can fit both our parallel style plugs and Tandem plugs. The parallel style plugs are the type we use today. The un-grounded type like you would find on a lamp can still operate in an outlet like this. The Tandem style plug has two horizontal flat blades. They fell out of favor in the early part of this century. The tandem parallel combo outlet was still sold in store up to the 1960. This type of outlet is almost always attached to Knob and Tube wiring.