The Truth Behind Knob and Tube Wiring

Knob and Tube wiring was primarily used in homes prior to 1950. The presence of knob and tube may not be obvious, but there are still many households using this antiquated wiring system today. While it is and older type of system, it can still function for certain r…

The Truth Behind Knob and Tube Wiring

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Knob and Tube wiring was primarily used in homes prior to 1950. The presence of knob and tube may not be obvious, but there are still many households using this antiquated wiring system today. While it is and older type of system, it can still function for certain residents. In many cases though the homeowners will opt to have the system brought up to date.

 

When spotting knob and tube wiring, as inspectors, we consider the age of the home along with a visual inspection of the wiring system. Using a circuit tester, we will be able to determine if the outlets are grounded. We usually perform this test first in the living spaces and bedrooms of the home. At this point in time, many kitchens and bathrooms have been updated and would not give an accurate picture of the homes wiring system.

 

Rewiring the home is the most effective way of bringing the homes wiring system up to current standards. It is recommended, and would be the most cost-effective, to have the system updated at the time of renovation. The cost of rewiring depends on the extent of the current wiring but averages about $1,000 a room or $10,000 for an average single-family home. As you can see, knob and tube rewiring is a significant upgrade and the cost should be budgeted accordingly.

 

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