06:26AM | 09/23/02
Member Since: 09/22/02
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HELP! I recently purchased a 130 yr old frame Victorian in excellent shape (I'm only the 3rd owner) with perfectly refinished plaster walls. Having every intention to replace all the knob & tube wiring I called 2 different electricians to come to the home and give me an estimate for the whole house redo. Both electricians told me the electric is in fine shape and that I shouldn't have to replace it, just add new service when I do the kitchen remodel. I have children who will be sleeping and living on the 3rd floor. Should I get another opinion. I already set aside enough cash for the entire rewire and both contractors were aware that my intent was to completely rewire, yet they advised against it. Any opinions?

Tom O

02:21PM | 09/23/02
Member Since: 09/17/02
477 lifetime posts
K&T wiring in good condition is safe. However, it does lack an equipment grounding conductor which can be very important for quite a few reasons.

Another drawback is that most installations had very few circuits & you may find that with all the modern gizmos you own, you could have some trouble tripping circuit brekers.

Since you have the money available, I'd recommend doing the replacement just so you'd have the peace of mind.

Also, I've heard that some insurance companies will not insure buildings with K&T wiring. I've had to jerk it out & replace it in a few homes in the area I live in.


Joe Tedesco

02:30PM | 09/23/02
Member Since: 07/27/02
140 lifetime posts

Would you recommend nonmetallic sheathed typ NM-B cables "sheathed electrical cable", or Type AC, Armor Clad Cable, known as "BX" ?

Tom O

01:14PM | 09/24/02
Member Since: 09/17/02
477 lifetime posts

I've never been a fan of Armored Cable, Metal Clad is more to my liking. I wouldn't even be able to guess how much money using AC or MC cable would add to the cost. If cost is not a prine consideration, MC would be my choice.

To the best of my knowledge, "sheathed electrical cable" has an excellant safety record when properly installed. Therefore, for most of us with limited resources, I'd have no second thoughts recommending sheathed electrical cable, provided that it meets local codes.


Joe Tedesco

04:05PM | 09/24/02
Member Since: 07/27/02
140 lifetime posts

[This message has been edited by Joe Tedesco (edited April 10, 2003).]

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