Step 1) One of our friendly electricians will remove the old knob and tube wiring from you attic and replace with new modern wiring.
Step 2) One of our experienced insulation crews will add the required insulation to bring your attic up to date with today’s building code. At Energy Geeks we do it all.
Knob and tube wiring (K&T) was an early method of wiring in buildings commonly used in North America from about 1880 to the 1940s. This system is considered obsolete and can be a safety hazard.
Facts About Knob-and-Tube Wiring
- Most of the dangers from this system arise from it’s age, amateur modifications and situations where insulation is in contact with or covers the wires.
- This system does not have ground wires and therefore can not safely accommodate three prong plugs.
- It is not permitted in new construction.
Problems Associated with Knob-and-Tube Wiring
- Unsafe modification is very common with this type of wiring when compared to newer wiring because the K&T wiring is so old that more opportunities existed for improper modifications.
- The insulations that encases the wiring can be a fire hazard.
- It may stretch and sag as it ages.
- It does not have a ground conductor. Grounding conductors reduce the chance of electrical fires.
- In very old systems the wire may be insulated with varnish and fiber materials that are susceptible to deterioration.
K&T wiring needs to dissipate heat and therefore any insulation that comes into contact with or covers the wiring may create a potential fire hazard.
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