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Old 09-19-2009, 11:17 PM   #16
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Just bought a 1946 house, redoing kitchen, what electrical fixes/upgrades needed?


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If you are replacing the cabinets I would cut out some sheetrock behind the cabinets & drill thru the studs
Just a thought

My house is also top wired for almost everything
I certainly am replacing cabinets. I guess I'm just gunshy about doing such things, though. Every hole and ding seems like a separate project even when it might save me time and money in the long run. This is my first house, in case you can't tell.

Probably, I'll take a cue from the existing wiring and just drop down for each outlet from the attic. I would/will definitely go from the basement for any new circuits though. It just seems easier...no mucking around with insulation, etc.

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Old 09-20-2009, 09:48 AM   #17
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My last house didn't have much insulation, & poorly installed
Last kitchen was a total gut & redo (except ceiling)
This kitchen will be walls only, insulation is only R7
But only 1 exterior wall & that borders the new garage
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I forgot I had a couple photos of the attic. This pic is pretty representative of the wiring up there. Here we see two runs of cloth wrapped wiring that I believe are for lighting and/or outlets in the dining room/kitchen. There actually isn't a whole load of this stuff visible up there, but I wonder how much I don't see that might be under the insulation or running along joists, etc.

I *think* (and hope) that all the wiring in the attic is run from the basement breaker box in a central location. It would seem to make replacement a good bit easier. I can't see it being done any other way, but I just haven't been up there looking at electrical in particular.

Should I be worried about this type of wiring as a fire/safety hazard? I don't like to see it unsupported and having deteriorated enough to stain the insulation (two runs crossing each other, no less).
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The runs crossing each other is OK, as long as the insulation on the wiring isn't crumbling
If you don't walk up there too much I wouldn't worry about it
Most of my wiring is between the ceiling & the ceiling joists
The ceiling joists have strips running across them, then ceiling board installed

Since I am renovating the 2nd floor I have removed all the cloth wiring that I could access
2nd floor was finished & I have not taken the finished floor up
So the only thing left is the 1st floor, basement completed already

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