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I Have Knob & Tube Wiring. Is It Safe?
Knob and Tube or "K&T" is a wiring system that was commonly used until approximately 1950. It is still very common in homes throughout Minneapolis, Saint Paul and extends to older homes through White Bear Lake all the way to Stillwater. It gets its name from the ceramic knobs and tubes that are used to support and protect the wires.
- Knob and Tube is an ungrounded wiring system. These outlets present a risk of shock to people while operating the everyday electronics and appliances in your home.
- Because of the age of the wiring it is very likely additional electrical has been added to the system. For the homeowner, handyman or even electricians that are unfamiliar with knob and tube wiring it is common and dangerous that the modifications were made improperly increasing the risk of an electrical fire. (In the image to the right you can see someone illegally added onto the knob and tube circuit with modern romex.)
- The wires are run in parallel to dissipate heat and adding insulation around them can make the wires overheat creating a fire hazard.
It is a big project to do a whole home rewire but the finished product protects your home and family and increases your home's value. Whether you're thinking about selling or settling into your forever home. An updated electrical system provides arc fault protection, properly functioning GFCI protection, tamper resistant grounded outlets (child proof).