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Understanding Knob and Tube Wiring Replacement

With over 30 years of combined experience in the industry, Prolectric Electrical has all the knowledge and expertise to tackle all your electrical issues, including knob and tube wiring replacement.

If you have an older house, you have probably already considered knob-and-tube wiring replacement. Also called “K&T wiring,” knob-and-tube wiring was among the earliest forms of electrical installation systems used in buildings. This method of installing electrical wiring dates back to the 1880s and 1940s, though some homes still use it up to date. 

Today, the knob-and-tube wiring system is considered outdated and potentially hazardous, this is why many old buildings consider knob-and-tube wiring removal. Virtually every knob-and-tube wiring in use today is not up to current electrical safety standards. Other than being dangerous, this wiring system is not efficient enough to serve a modern home.

Why Replacing Knob-and-Tube Wiring May be Necessary

There are a few things you should know if you are considering knob-and-tube wiring replacement at your home.

Knob-and-tube is a form of wiring that was used in the old days though it was replaced by modern electrical wiring that is safer, more efficient, and practical. Homes that still use this wiring system should be aware that they are using very old wiring that makes their electrical system very dangerous and should consider knob and tube removal. Chances of experiencing a house fire are aloft in a home that has the old K&T wiring system, especially if it’s inserting a lot of pressure on the system. Fixing this will definitely outweigh the cost to replace knob-and-tube wiring on your property.

Certain inherent properties of K&T wiring like lack of ground wire means it cannot power three-pronged appliances. 

Here are more problems that will prove how important removing knob-and-tube wiring can be for your home:

  • Lack of enough circuits to support modern usage
  • Lack of enough power as a result of using 60 amp service panels
  • Uses rubber insulation that is susceptible to wear-and-tear
  • Rogue voltage danger due to their ungrounded nature
  • Difficulty to maintain and repair

What to Do About Your Knob-and-Tube Wiring

If your home still uses the knob-and-tube wiring system, we advise that you rewire to update to the most current system immediately. Rewiring the knob and tube is a common practice.

Contemporary wiring is much lower maintenance, safer, and more efficient. Important safety features including circuit breakers, GFCI outlets, grounding, and fault protection are much easier to set up in modern systems, too. Removing knob-and-tube wiring will also substantially increase the value of your property. 

Consider Prolectric for Your Knob-and-Tube Wiring Replacement

Replacing knob-and-tube wiring in plaster walls is a major task that requires expert help. If you have decided to rewire your house from the old knob-and-tube system to the modern wiring system, call Prolectric for help. Our licensed and trained experts have the necessary tools and experience to perform any rewiring project. We are ready to bring your home up the set safety and efficiency standards right the first time.

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