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liljoey112 11-17-2012 02:43 PM

Need help what is this?
 
I just moved into a older house and i have a light switch that doesn't work its not getting power while talking out some of the wall i found this little thing http://s1278.beta.photobucket.com/us...tml?sort=3&o=1 here is the whole wiring http://s1278.beta.photobucket.com/us...tml?sort=3&o=0 Thanks

VIPlumber 11-17-2012 02:54 PM

What 'little thing' are you referring to?

liljoey112 11-17-2012 02:56 PM

http://s1278.beta.photobucket.com/us...tml?sort=3&o=1 that I dont no what it is

Dierte 11-17-2012 03:04 PM

Thats the knob of knob and tube wiring.

sublime2 11-17-2012 03:06 PM

Call a pro! Now that you have exposed it,replace it with new wire.

liljoey112 11-17-2012 03:09 PM

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Originally Posted by sublime2 (Post 1054443)
Call a pro! Now that you have exposed it,replace it with new wire.

Yes but what is that ceramic looking thing

joecaption 11-17-2012 04:03 PM

It's an insulater.

liljoey112 11-17-2012 04:30 PM

what is it for/do? I am new to this

sublime2 11-17-2012 04:34 PM

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Originally Posted by liljoey112
what is it for/do? I am new to this

It's what your house wire is attached to,running through.
Look at it as a junction box before there were junction boxes.

k_buz 11-17-2012 04:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sublime2 (Post 1054443)
Call a pro! Now that you have exposed it,replace it with new wire.

There is nothing that mandates removal of knob and tube. While "replacing it with new wire" sounds easy enough, that could feed 1/2 the house.

k_buz 11-17-2012 04:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sublime2 (Post 1054515)
It's what your house wire is attached to,running through.
Look at it as a junction box before there were junction boxes.

It isn't anything like a junction box. Its like a romex staple. They wrap the wire around those and it clamps down to hold the wire tight/in place. In fact, with knob and tube, they didn't use any sort of junction box. The splices were done and buried in the wall.

sublime2 11-17-2012 04:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by k_buz

There is nothing that mandates removal of knob and tube. While "replacing it with new wire" sounds easy enough, that could feed 1/2 the house.

Never implied or stated there was a mandate.
Weather it feeds half the house or not,if it can be replaced with new wire,do so.

k_buz 11-17-2012 04:48 PM

He doesn't even know what it is and you want him to go ahead and replace it. Replacing knob and tube is not an easy job for professionals and it could turn into a nightmare for homeowners who don't know anything about how knob and tube as commonly run.

liljoey112 11-17-2012 04:54 PM

So its basically like a cap you use to cover wires when you twist them up?

k_buz 11-17-2012 04:56 PM

Reread post #11.


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