Knob & Tube Wiring Solutions
Knob and tube wiring is the original wiring method used from the late 1800s until approximately 1945, which involved stringing individual conductor insulated wire across porcelain insulators called “knobs,” and through other porcelain insulators called “tubes.
Does Knob & Tube Need to be Removed?
Unfortunately knob and tube wiring needs to be removed and there is no easy solution here. On the bright side we have done many wiring upgrades due to knob and tube wiring. We know what to look for when estimating a particular project and will do our best to keep damage to walls and ceilings to a minimum. Do you have an unfinished basement or crawlspace? Is there good attic access to the entire perimeter of your house? Do you have both? These questions and answers are things we consider when looking at your home. We will do our best to make the switch over as painless as possible.
Bottom line - Knob & Tube Wiring is NOT SAFE
What can you do about it?
Rewiring the home is the only solution that correctly addresses knob and tube wiring. Other solutions like eliminating it only where it is open to view, or installing GFCI receptacles, are cover-up solutions that we do not recommend.
You can think of rewiring your home as an investment that will add value to your home. Time-wise, it can take 1-3 weeks, depending on the size and construction of the home. It is the best solution for your long term interests.
If your home has knob and tube wiring, and you are concerned about the safety of your electrical system, contact us today and scedule an assessment. Our electrical service coverage area is the entire Lower Mainland: Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Richmond, Surrey, White Rock, Langley, Cloverdale, Aldergrove, Coquitlam, Maple Ridge, Mission, Abbotsford.