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Old 11-17-2012, 02:43 PM   #1
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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 here is the whole wiring Thanks

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Old 11-17-2012, 02:54 PM   #2
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What 'little thing' are you referring to?

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Old 11-17-2012, 02:56 PM   #3
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http://s1278.beta.photobucket.com/us...tml?sort=3&o=1 that I dont no what it is
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Old 11-17-2012, 03:04 PM   #4
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Thats the knob of knob and tube wiring.
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Old 11-17-2012, 03:06 PM   #5
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Call a pro! Now that you have exposed it,replace it with new wire.
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Call a pro! Now that you have exposed it,replace it with new wire.
Yes but what is that ceramic looking thing
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Old 11-17-2012, 04:03 PM   #7
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It's an insulater.
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Old 11-17-2012, 04:30 PM   #8
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what is it for/do? I am new to this
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Old 11-17-2012, 04:34 PM   #9
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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.
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Old 11-17-2012, 04:34 PM   #10
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Old 11-17-2012, 04:54 PM   #14
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So its basically like a cap you use to cover wires when you twist them up?
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Reread post #11.

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