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Knob & Tube Wiring Replacement Charlotte, NC

Older homes built in the 1900’s to 1950’s typically have a wiring system known as knob and tube wiring. This old wiring system can be extremely dangerous for your family and even violates the current legal electrical codes, making it extremely difficult to insure your home.

The technicians at LiveWire Electrical can inspect your home to determine whether or not you have knob and tube wiring and will upgrade your wiring so that it meets modern safety standards.

 

What is Knob and Tube Wiring and Why is it Dangerous?

The knob and tube wiring method was used prior to the 1940’s when building new residential and commercial structures. It got its name from the use of ceramic knobs used to keep in place ceramic tubes. Instead of using three wires like modern electrical work, knob and tube wiring uses two. This means there is no ground wire in the system and no protection when there’s a fault.

One of the biggest issues with this type of wiring is insulation. The insulation with knob and tube wiring is made from rubber which degrades over time and exposes wires.  In addition, if knob and tube wiring is in your attic, it can’t be covered by insulation. If your attic was insulated with knob and tube wiring, that poses an extremely dangerous fire hazard. As mentioned earlier, there is also no ground wire to divert electrical currents in case of a fault.

Another common issue is that knob and tube wiring uses two-prong receptacles instead of three. This can greatly limit the use of appliances in your home.

If you’re trying to determine if your home has this old wiring, an easy way to check if your home has knob and tube wiring is to visually inspect. Try looking in your basement or attic, as the exposed ceiling should show you what kind of electrical service you have in your home.

Replacing Knob and Tube Wiring

 The best way to protect your home and family is to replace your home’s knob and tube wiring system. LiveWire Electrical will remove the knob and tube wiring and upgrade your home to the latest, most up-to-date electrical system.

Depending on your home’s current wiring set up, the replacement process can last a few hours or a few days. While that may seem like a long time, the peace of mind and improved safety is well worth it.

 

Choosing the Right Electrician in Charlotte, NC

Part of keeping your home safe is choosing the right electrician in Charlotte, NC. At LiveWire Electrical, we have the skills and experience to update your knob and tube wiring so that your home meets current safety standards. We are fully licensed and insured, and we’ve helped thousands of home and business owners in the Charlotte area. For more information on knob and tube wire replacement or to set up a service appointment, call LiveWire Electrical at 704-289-7792.

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