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Old 04-06-2010, 03:58 PM   #1
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Knob and tube wiring (again!)......


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My daughter is looking at buying an older home in Eastom PA (built ~ 1900). The house has had the kitchen remodelled and a new breaker box/service put in. However, the seller's diclosure indicates it has some knob and tube wiring. I called my insurance company (State Farm) and they will not insure a house with knob and tube wiring. The person I spoke to didn't know all the details (she's trying to find out) but my question is, if ALL the knob and tube wiring is disconnected from the new breaker box would this eliminate any fire hazard?

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no, because there still may be runs tied to the old box if there is one. And some of the new feeds could be tapped in to the knob and tube to feed bedroom circuits and such. You need an electrician to investigate what needs to be done. Or get the homeowners to lower the price by $6000-10,000

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Thanks Bob. Right now, just the new kitchen remodel is new Romex. Everything else is old K&T so we know where the K&T wiring is coming from/going to. The old box, I believe, was completely replaced with the new one so there shouldn't (?!) be any unaccounted for live wiring if we get the rest rewired. Would you agree?

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the K&T could be fed split or not used in any one location. No way to tell without investigation.
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SF insures our house with K&T... That being said, I am in the process of decommissioning it. I hope that in the next two years I can call SF and tell them it is out of the picture and my insurance rates can go WAY down.....

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