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.

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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.

Contact us today at www.energygeeksinc.com or give us a call at 401-766-1540. You will be glad you did.

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Knob and Tube Wiring (Professional Inspection Only)

One of our professional electricians will inspect any area of your home in search of knob and tube wiring. If any knob and tube wiring is located we will then determine whether it is live or dead. Afterwards the customer is provided an official form attesting to where the old wiring was found and whether or not it is still active. Or, if you present us with your own form that requires a licensed electrician’s signature, we will fill it out and sign it

These forms may be used for:

  • Weatherization barrier forms required by Mass Save and the EnergyWise Programs
  • Insurance company requests
  • To satisfy mortgage industry requirements

Knob and Tube Wiring (Professional Removal)

When you know you have active knob and tube wiring call us. Our team of professional electricians are knob and tube wiring removal experts. We can remove and replace old wiring with new wiring in specific areas only or the entire house depending on your circumstance. Afterwards you will be provided with an official form attesting that the old wiring has been removed and new modern wiring has been installed in its place. Or if you present us with your own form that requires a licensed electrician’s signature, we will fill it out and sign it.

These forms may be used for:

  • Weatherization barrier forms required by Mass Save and the EnergyWise Programs
  • Insurance company requests
  • To satisfy mortgage industry requirements