Residential and commercial electrician serving Lake, Sumter and Marion counties

(352) 350-7878

Knob & Tube Wiring

Knob & Tube Wiring

Ancient Wiring

What is ancient wiring? Ancient wiring is what we refer to as Knob and Tube wiring or K&T. K&T wiring dates back to the 1880s and could have been installed up to the 1950s in residential homes and buildings.

Believe it or not, we still see a lot K&T in many homes and business here in Central Florida. Sometimes we see a mix of K&T wiring methods combined with more up to date methods at the same location.

K&T wiring was popular at the time, however it’s considered extremely dangerous today. Here are the reasons why:

  1. K&T wiring includes two wires. It does not have a ground. This means if there was ever an electrical fault, there is no place for the electrical fault to travel. This gives you no protection.
  2. Electrical faults from K&T causes shocks and fires.
  3. The insulation that was used on K&T disintegrates over time, leaving live conductors exposed to surroundings that it is in. This is due to its cloth and rubber insulation which dries out and turn brittle.
  4. K&T permitted the use of in-line splices in walls and attics without a junction box.
  5. K&T wiring lacks the capacity for today’ levels of power use.
  6. Homes and buildings that have K&T utilize two prong receptacles. These receptacles are missing the ground, the ground keeps you safe. Also you will not be able to use modern appliance cords with two prong outlets.

If you have K&T in your structure, then there is a good chance you will not be able to get insurance or your insurance will be dropped.

Here are some tips for those of you with K&T wiring:

  • The homeowner or an electrician should carefully remove any insulation that is found surrounding K&T wires.
  • Prospective home buyers should get an estimate of the cost of replacing K&T wiring. They can use this amount to negotiate a cheaper price for the house.
  • Have the system evaluated by a qualified electrician. Only an expert can confirm that the system was installed and modified correctly.
  • Do not run an excessive amount of appliances in the home, as this can cause a fire.
  • Where the wiring is brittle or cracked, it should be replaced.
  • Proper maintenance is crucial.

If you live in a home or have a business that has K&T wiring, then call the licensed electrical experts at In Charge Electric today and we will do a complete evaluation of your electrical system and tell you whether or not it is safe. We will also supply you with other available options for upgrading your current electrical system.

Please contact In Charge Electric right away at (352) 350-7878 or please request service from our contact page and request an appointment to see how our expert electricians can help you with knob and tube wiring!

Request Service

* indicates required field.

Why Choose In Charge Electric

The goal of In Charge Electric is simply to be as thorough as possible in all things we do and we don’t stop until we get the results we promise. We always strive to provide genuine, long-term solutions that can help keep your electrical systems running efficiently all year long.

In Charge Electric strives to give the best possible service through:

  • Honesty & Integrity
  • Professionalism & Efficiency
  • Up Front & Affordable Pricing
  • Neatness & Organization

After we are finished with your job, you will not even know we were there…except for awesome results you see!

Latest Blog Posts

Why does every home need smoke AND carbon monoxide detectors?

Why does every home need smoke AND carbon monoxide detectors?

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Ways to Keep Your Energy Bill from Soaring this Summer

Ways to Keep Your Energy Bill from Soaring this Summer

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Could air be the next big thing in renewable energy?

Could air be the next big thing in renewable energy?

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Current Specials

$50 Off Surge Protection

Cannot be combined with any other offer.

$100 Off Complete Hot Tub Installation

Cannot be combined with any other offer.

$10 Off Dimmer Installations

Cannot be combined with any other offer.

$25 Off Home Inspections

Cannot be combined with any other offer.

Newsletter Signup

If you wish to receive information from In Charge Electric with tips and special deals, please submit the form below.